Reader's view: Note marriage freedom on Independence Day
Family. Fireworks. Freedom. As we celebrated these things over the Fourth of July, did we realize that currently two of these things are threatened: families and freedom?...
Family. Fireworks. Freedom. As we celebrated these things over the Fourth of July, did we realize that currently two of these things are threatened: families and freedom?
The proposed constitutional marriage amendment, which will be on our state ballot this November, seeks to limit the freedom for all loving couples to marry. Minnesotans everywhere need to know that if this amendment is passed, it will not only limit the freedom for loving, committed, same-sex couples to marry, it also will limit the freedom of religious institutions to choose who they can and cannot marry in their congregations. Additionally, it will limit forever the freedom of future generations to have a say on how to protect the freedoms of all committed couples and their families.
Our great state has the opportunity to become the first in the nation to block a proposed constitutional amendment that would limit the freedom to marry.
As we were thinking about freedom this Independence Day, I hope we remembered that constitutions are meant to protect our freedoms, not limit them. Voting "no" in November will help ensure Minnesota will not join the ranks of other states that use their constitutions to deny people the freedom to marry. Supporting all committed couples and their families by voting "no" on the proposed marriage amendment is a way for Minnesotans to show the rest of the country that when we say "families come first" in our state, we truly mean it.
Cory Maria Dack