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Letter about the marriage amendment


Fri, Oct 12th, 2012
Posted in Canton Letter to the Editor

To the Editor,

On November 6, 2012, Minnesotans will vote on a constitutional amendment that would permanently limit the freedom to marry for committed same-sex couples in our state. The question will be “Shall the Minnesotan Constitution be amended to provide that only the union of one man and one woman shall be valid or recognized as a marriage in Minnesota.”

I believe this is a hurtful amendment. A “Yes” vote on this amendment would permanently limit the freedom of same -sex couples to ever marry in Minnesota. A “No” vote would NOT legalize marriage for same-sex couples, but would simply allow conversation about marriage to continue.

Marriage is about love, commitment, and responsibility and no one should be told that it is illegal to marry the person they love. Same-sex couples want to marry for the same reasons as anyone else. Yes, marriage is about love and as I have shared before, “No clergy or church will be forced to marry same-sex couples if they choose not to.”

Did you read the recent article written by Rev. Jackson, Greenfield Lutheran Church, “Love Will Always Win.” He asks “Is what I am DOING loving?” and that “it is impossible to hate our brother or sister and still love God.”

Most Minnesotans have gay relatives, friends, neighbors, or colleagues and we know how much this vote means to them. Actually, defeating this amendment matters to everyone because equal rights and equal treatment is a value we all value. Please vote “no” on November 6th and remember “love belongs to everyone.”

Kathie Haynes

Canton, MN

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146

12:04:49, Oct 18th 2012

voting YES says:
This is not about hating anyone. It simply comes down to honoring God.


147

8:20:18, Oct 19th 2012

EW says:
If gay marriage dishonors God, then so does divorce, but I don't see you pursuing an amendment to make divorce illegal. The scariest thing about voting yes is that this becomes permanent and there is no opportunity in the future to change it.
Most people dont' realize what voting yes truly means. Voting no does not make gay marriage legal in MN, it simply means it can be discussed later.


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10:17:54, Oct 25th 2012

musikman says:
You are correct that divorce also dishonors God, but there is a significant difference in the way scripture speaks of divorce (of which Jesus says - was permitted because of the hardness of our hearts) and homosexuality which is not specifically permitted, but consistently forbidden. You are also correct in that voting "no" does not make gay marriage legal, but it does leave the door open for legislators or courts to do so. I believe you are incorrect in stating that voting "yes" permanently closes that door. If it should happen to pass, it could be overturned in the future by a similar vote to amend the constitution. What voting yes does is communicate to legislators and the courts that the will of the people is to continue to define marriage as "one man and one woman" as it has been for the past 200 years. This does not in any way prohibit same sex relationships from being recognized as loving, committed relationships, which many of them are. It does not suggest that same sex couples are less human or less important than heterosexual couples. It simply reinforces the truth that God instituted marriage specifically as a relationship between one man and one woman. It has been that way from the beginning of creation, and whether or not we choose to define it differently will not change that truth. I believe the marriage amendment will not prohibit same sex relationships and at the same time promote a more stable society.