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Reader's view: Proposed marriage amendment goes too far

Gay marriage is a very hot topic in Minnesota, particularly because of the proposed amendment to the Minnesota constitution that would make gay marriage illegal.

Gay marriage is a very hot topic in Minnesota, particularly because of the proposed amendment to the Minnesota constitution that would make gay marriage illegal.

This appalls me. People have every right to their own beliefs even if I don't agree with them. A constitutional amendment goes too far. I have not heard one non-religious reason for not allowing gay marriage.

Yes, in America we have the freedom of religion, which I have no issue with. But we also have a separation of church and state. The beliefs of one group of people, majority or not, should not be allowed to dictate how millions of Minnesotans can live their lives. This is exactly the sort of thing America was founded to combat, yet people will vote for an amendment that limits the rights of a very large group of people. It is not only unconstitutional, but un-American.

People should have a right to marry who they like, straight or homosexual. If anything, we should strive for an amendment legalizing gay marriage.

Once upon a time, the idea of interracial marriage was unheard of. Now, interracial marriages account for almost one in 12 marriages. The next step is to legalize gay marriage, opening up marriage to all couples in America.

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Marrying for love is reason enough, but gay couples also are excluded from more than 50 benefits given to married couples by our government. These include joint tax filing and decisions in medical issues. Gay and lesbian couples that are not allowed to be married have none of these benefits.

Being only 14 and not able to vote on these subjects, I cannot do much to stop this amendment from being passed other than voicing my opinions. I hope Minnesotans will make the right choice when the time comes.

Hannah Wodrich

Duluth

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