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Letter to the editor: Former legislator says marriage amendment is unconstitutional

A lot has been said and written about the proposed constitutional (unconstitutional, I believe) marriage amendment on the ballot in Minnesota this November.

A lot has been said and written about the proposed constitutional (unconstitutional, I believe) marriage amendment on the ballot in Minnesota this November.

I think that gay people want to get married, mostly because unmarried families or households are very discriminated against. In fact, there are 150 laws in Minnesota hurting unmarried people. Since only fewer than 25 percent of households are composed of married men and women, 75 percent of Minnesotans are not treated fairly when it comes to taxes and other state laws.

Therefore, I tried from 1999 to 2008 to change the definition of "family" to include millions of our citizens who are not married and thereby discriminated against economically and otherwise. I remember a grandmother calling me about not being able to purchase a family fishing license for herself, her daughter and two grandsons, because no one was married. Also, my neighbors always complained about unfair taxation since the two brothers and a sister, all single, lived together. The list goes on and on ....

My legislation to change this injustice could not even get a hearing in the House Judiciary Committee, because it included gays and lesbians.

Mike Jaros

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Duluth

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