Family Council to spend $4.71 million to ‘ignite’ gay marriage battle: Group plans $1.71 million to train legislators in a ‘biblical worldview’

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The Minnesota Family Council has launched its “Ignite” campaign to “achieve cultural transformation” over the next two years. According to a brochure put out by the group, MFC plans to spend $4.71 million with the main aim of getting a constitutional amendment banning relationship rights for same-sex couples onto the ballot and passed by Minnesota voters.

“‘Ignite’ is a two-year plan designed to fan the embers of November 2010 into a lasting movement built to achieve enduring cultural transformation,” the brochure states, “starting with passage of a constitutional amendment to preserve marriage as God designed it, the foundation of strong families and a strong society.”

MFC also believes it was picked by God for such a mission. “You see, God has uniquely positioned Minnesota Family Council (MFC),” the group writes. “God has blessed MFC with the unique opportunity to be a catalyst for enduring cultural transformation rooted in spiritual renewal, for the glory of Christ and the good of our state.”

The overarching plan will have three branches: Education, legislation, and accountability.

The education track will train leaders “of all ages and backgrounds” in a “biblical worldview” and activate those leaders using a budget of $1.71 million.

The legislation track includes $1.04 million to pass an anti-gay marriage amendment. The group also plans legislation to make getting a divorce more difficult and to ban taxpayer funding for abortions.

“Cultural transformation requires a system of laws that remain true to the vision of our Founding Fathers, rooted in a biblical worldview,” the group said. “MFC’s legislative programs will not only ensure there’s a voice for timeless values at the Capitol but also engage the faith community across Minnesota to advocate on behalf of those values.”

The group plans to spend $2.5 million at election time to get out the vote and make “elected leaders be accountable for their actions.”

The programs “serve as an antidote for political spin to ensure that Christians are faithful to vote, based on their faith, on Election Day.”

The brochure includes an endorsement by Republican state Sen. Warren Limmer of Maple Grove, who has already told media outlets that he will be introducing an anti-gay marriage amendment. “There is no one else that does the work of the Minnesota Family Council. They are absolutely vital,” he said.