Don't deny others their rights; vote 'no' on marriage amendment

My brother is a hardworking, educated man who resides in Minnesota. He pays taxes, volunteers in his community and contributes to the well being of our environment.

He reaches out non-judgingly to people from all walks of life. He has proven himself for more than 50 years to be an outstanding and loyal citizen of the United States and to Minnesota. He has given my family wonderful advice, more than a few times, on my marriage and has helped my family through many difficult times.

Why, then, is it that Nick and his same-sex partner of 20 years are discriminated against? It breaks my heart that my brother is not allowed the same legal marriage rights as my husband and I.

Who are we to decide who he can spend his life loving and investing in legally? This election year, Minnesotans are voting on an amendment that bans same-sex marriage. Same-sex marriage is already illegal in Minnesota, so passing this amendment would only lock the door.

America is full of many different types of families. Who are we to decide which ones are right and which ones are wrong? Allowing them to get married will not take away any of your rights, but banning same sex-marriage will deny them of theirs.


Keep the door open for discussion. Vote no.

Gail Groteboer 


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