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Protect marriage in state

October 20, 2012
Fairmont Sentinel

To the Editor:

Why are gay people so anxious that the Minnesota marriage amendment be defeated? Will it give them the right to buy a house together? No. Will it allow them to have joint bank accounts? No. Will it make it possible for one to leave assets to the other? No. Gays already have all these rights. And it is easy to make sure they will have the right to see and make decisions for each other in health or medical situations.

Natural law and religious law say homosexuality is wrong. That is why marriage has been one man and one woman forever in virtually every society. Gays want to feel good about their relationships.

Marriage is about love and commitment. Right? Yes, but it is more than that. People love and make a commitment to many people beside their spouse. That doesn't make it a marriage.

The greatest commitment in marriage is the children. They need a mother and a father. This is society's fundamental interest in marriage, and the state has an interest in protecting and promoting the optimal environment for raising children.

These are just some of the reasons for joining me in voting yes on the marriage protection amendment.

Helen Halverson




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