Play and discussion on the Minnesota marriage amendment Sept. 29 at Isanti Community Center

This November 6, 2012, voters will go to the polls to vote on a constitutional amendment which, if approved, will prohibit the freedom of some Minnesotans to marry.

Before you vote, please join your friends and neighbors on Saturday, Sept. 29, from 2 to 4 p.m., at the Isanti Community Center.

East Central MN PFLAG (Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays) are hosting an event which will provide the opportunity for you to hear from those most impacted by this historic vote.

Citizens from across East Central Minnesota will gather in Isanti to view a live theatre production of “Families Valued.” “Families Valued” is a short, 45-minute play which weaves together the stories of more than a half dozen gay and lesbian couples into a dramatic presentation to educate and transform hearts and minds.

The play gives audiences a glimpse into the full range of these couples’ lives, from their falling in love, to their commitment ceremonies, to their ongoing lives together. The play demonstrates the ordinary domesticity of these couples’ lives as well as the unfairness of the discrimination they have to endure. Being the true stories of actual couples gives the drama an added degree of authenticity.

The director is William Randall Beard, a nationally recognized playwright. He has staged productions with the History Theatre and Park Square Theatre in St. Paul and the Red Eye Theatre in Minneapolis. As an arts journalist, he regularly contributes theatre and music reviews to the Minneapolis Star Tribune and is the theatre writer for Mpls/St. Paul Magazine.

Following the performance, a facilitated discussion on the Minnesota Marriage Amendment will take place. This is the opportunity to join the discussion, find answers to your questions and become an educated voter.

This event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be provided. The Isanti Community Center is located at 121 Norelius St., Isanti. Visit, email [email protected], or call 320-272-0069, for more information.