A no vote will end indignity
In fewer than 100 days, Minnesotans will have the opportunity to play an important part in American history. The momentous issue is whether same-sex marriage will be prohibited.
Only a few decades ago it was, in some states, impossible for an African-American to marry a white. It was even a crime. Ending those laws brought our republic in accord with its founding principles. And in doing so elevated all Americans.
Today the Bible is often used to rationalize discrimination. Cherry-picked passages are trumpeted as eternal truth. Swept under the mat of religion are the embarrassing contradictions. The Old Testament describes same-sex relationships as an abomination, yet uses the same word to describe the eagle — our proud national symbol. Some Biblical condemnations (such as wearing mixed-fabric clothes) are viewed by the modern mind as incomprehensible. And the New Testament is silent on same-sex unions.
It is a grand experience to share with your life with a special person in a monogamous relationship. Loving devotion binds us, giving meaning and joy during our limited years on earth.
Minnesota must not legislate same-sex unions into the netherworld of illegitimacy. We are more decent than that. Voting no will send a booming message that everyone is entitled to the freedom to love whomever they choose. Voting no will help end the pain and indignity suffered daily by thousands of our fellow citizens.
Joseph W. Gelwicks