Archived Story

Vote for marriage amendment

Published 10:18am Thursday, October 11, 2012

On Nov. 6, marriage will be defined in Minnesota. Will it remain as a union between one man and one woman or will the definition eventually be changed to include same sex couples? If the definition of marriage is changed, based on the current state of discussion and changes in culture, will it be opened again at some future date to further redefinition? If marriage does not stand for something, it can eventually mean anything we want it to be. Please help me in not allowing this most sacred and fundamental cornerstone of society to be redefined in Minnesota. This is not about discrimination or bigotry it is about preserving the sexual complimentarity of husbands and wives for the good of children and society which until recently has always been supported by the state.

Sadly, if certain people have their way, marriage will be redefined, not by the people of Minnesota but by activist courts, judges and legislatures. By voting yes to the Marriage Protection Amendment, we can prevent this from happening. We have one shot to get this done, so please vote yes to the question on your ballot on whether you support marriage as the union of one man and one woman. If you do not vote it will count as a no vote. For more information on how you can help in these last days, please go to www.minnesotaformarriage.com.

 

Scott Bute

Alden

  • jcorey2

    Scott, I couldn’t disagree more. I know same-sex couples who are wonderful parents, who are just as committed to their unions and their children as I am to mine. To me it’s clearly a civil rights issue. I enjoy the right to marry, and they do not.

    I think many who don’t support marriage rights for same-sex couples are probably not familiar with these couples and the families they have. The film “Daddy and Papa” is a documentary addressing the personal, political, and cultural effects of gay men raising children. On Monday, October 15th, a screening of “Daddy and Papa” will take place at Riverland Community College’s Albert Lea campus, Lecture Hall 124. The film is about an hour long and will begin at 7:00 PM. Admission is free and a discussion will follow. I encourage people of all ages to attend.

  • Scott Bute

    Jeremy, I don’t doubt your sincerity nor that there are same sex couples who are good parents. However, it does not change the fact that fathers cannot provide certain things that mothers can or vice-versa. Who are we in the year 2012 to think that we know better than virtually every civiliztion since the dawn of time on how marriage should be defined? Remember this, under the law, one definition of marriage would not exist alongside the other. “Therefore, legally sanctioned genderless marriage, rather than peacefully coexisting with the contemporary man-woman marriage institution, would actually displace and replace it.” (Harvard Journal of Law and Public Policy.)

  • jcorey2

    Like most arguments supporting the marriage amendment, yours does not offer anything substantive regarding what exactly women offer in parenting that men cannot, and you overlook that producing children has never been a requirement of civil marriage. Moreover, we do not remove children from the homes of divorced parents who suddenly find themselves raising their kids solo.

    This is about more than raising children. It’s really about discrimination. The definition of marriage should change. Any change to this definition that might one day allow same-sex couples to marry would do absolutely nothing to the stability or sanctity of my marriage.

  • Lisa Semple

    Jeremy, be prepared to receive anti-equality propaganda in the mail at your home, sent to you by Scott Bute.