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Letter about Marriage Amendment...

Fri, Oct 19th, 2012
Posted in Lanesboro Letter to the Editor

To the Editor,

I came out in high school in Decorah, Iowa. I was terrified, because I had been bullied and called a fag since elementary school, accusations which I always denied. I had a teacher who had been in a relationship with his husband for many years, and their support helped me feel less alone. Marriage Equality in Iowa significantly lessened the fear of being gay in Decorah, as evidenced by growing number of students coming out.

I moved to Minnesota about four years ago, and I hope to continue living here. Voting NO in November is also about sending a comforting message to our questioning youth.

Voting NO will not legalize same-sex marriages. It will let us consider other avenues like Domestic Partnerships or Civil Unions – options that are not the same, but show compromise and cool-headed Minnesota thinking.

Please consider our questioning Minnesotans - Vote NO.

Ethan Bjelland

Lanesboro, MN

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