The campaign to defeat a proposed gay marriage ban in Minnesota is reaching out to young Republicans.

According to Politics in Minnesota, Minnesotans United for All Families, the coalition of groups working to defeat passage of the amendment in November, is looking to young Republicans to help achieve that goal.

A recent event sponsored by the group which featured GOP Reps. John Kriesel and Tim Kelly drew roughly 50 people. Among the organizers was Madeline Koch, who worked for former U.S. Senator Norm Coleman.

Video of Koch's testimony before a Minnesota Senate committee hearing considering the ban went viral earlier this year.

In her testimony, Koch, 24, said the amendment would take the GOP in the wrong direction.

“I don't believe that equal rights for same-sex couples – or anyone – is a partisan issue.”

“The need for equality and the full acceptance of GLBT people is something Minnesota's next generation of leaders has already embraced,” Koch told senators. (The video is embedded in the right panel of this page. Visit our video library for more videos.)

Kriesel, who heads the group Republicans Against the Minnesota Marriage Amendment, and Kelly voted against the amendment.

During the debate in the House on whether to send the issue to voters, Kriesel told colleagues that a near death experience while serving in Iraq changed his mind on the issue.

“It woke me up. It changed me,” Kriesel said. “Because of that, it's made me think about this issue. And say, 'You know what, what would I do without my wife?' She makes me happy. Life is hard. We're in a really tough time in our history. Happiness is so, so hard to find for people. So they find it, they find someone that makes them happy, and we want to take that person away. We want to say, 'Oh no, you can be together, you can love that person, but you can't marry them.' You can't marry them. That's wrong.”

Koch told Politics in Minnesota that her generation of Republicans sees sexual orientation as a non-issue.