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Redwood Falls Gazette - Redwood Falls - MN
  • How do you define marriage?

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  • Shall the Minnesota Constitution be amended to provide that only a union of one man and one woman shall be valid or recognized as a marriage in Minnesota?
    Voters in Minnesota are going to have that question posed to them this coming Tuesday when they go to the ballot boxes during the general election.
    Called the marriage amendment, the proposed language would add specific language to the state’s Con-stitution that would specifically define marriage as between one man and one woman. Naturally, there are those on both sides of this issue, with those in favor calling it an issue for the people to decide rather than the courts.
    Those in opposition to the proposal in some cases go so far as to call it hate.
    According to Chuck Darrell, director of communications for Minnesotans for Marriage, which is an entity vocally supporting the proposed amendment, said the issue really comes down to letting people have a say.
    “Marriage is under attack right now in Minnesota,” Darrell said, adding a court case currently is being presented in Hennepin County that would legalize same-sex marriages.
    The bill, he added, is almost identical to what was approved in Iowa, and he said in that state same-sex marriage was approved by the courts rather than by the voters, which is where it ought to be decided.
    Darrell said the race in Minnesota is tight.
    Some of that is likely due to the efforts of those who are campaigning against the amendment, such as a group known as Minnesota United for All Families.
    “We are a strong coalition of people from all walks of life who see this as a limitation of a basic freedom,” said Kate Brickman, press secretary for the vote no group, adding a law is currently in place (the Defense of Marriage Act) and there is no need for this in the Constitution.
    Brickman said the people the organization she works with represents have heard very positive comments from the public, as they meet with them and talk on the phone.
    “We can’t just single out one group and take away a freedom just because of who they are,” she said.
    Darrell said statistics continue to show kids need both a mom and a dad, adding that is where the crux of the matter lies.
    “We have to approve this for our kids,” he said.
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