This November, Minnesota will face a proposed constitutional amendment that would limit the freedom to marry. The amendment would exclude some people from the opportunity to make a lifetime promise and commitment simply because they are gay. In anticipation of November’s vote, we must begin a conversation of what matters to us as Minnesotans. We need to discuss what we value most in our communities and families, and we need to consider how the proposed amendment would reflect these values if passed.
Thousands of Minnesotans gathered in the Twin Cities this past week end to commemorate gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender heritage. The festival attracts people from all parts of the state and is, at its heart, a celebration of community.
Gay and lesbians couples want to marry for similar reasons anyone else … they value commitment and want to make a lifetime promise of love. I trust that Minnesotans share a common set of values. We place special emphasis on hard work, compassion, and community. And we believe in treating others the way we want to be treated. None of us would want to be told it is illegal to marry the person we love. I encourage you to take a stand in defense of community and vote “NO” this November on this hurtful marriage amendment.