Vote no, because there's no such thing as gay marriage. There is only a legal covenant of care between consenting adults, who may or may not be together forever, who may or may not have children (which may or may not be related to them), who may or may not be of the same gender, and who may or may not be of the same sex. There is only this one marriage, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.
Opponents of the constitutional amendment aren't complaining about a defense of the "historic understanding of marriage as the union of one man and one woman"; we are fighting strenuously against a close-minded and revisionist REDEFINITION of marriage. We fight against an insidious redefinition that has swept the nation since the 1990s, with DOMA; one that poisoned America before the latter half of this century, with antimiscegenation laws. We fight against those who would say, "MY family deserves preferential adjustments of the law to ensure its stability, but YOURS makes me feel squicky and therefore doesn't deserve the same". We fight against those who think that celebrating love or dedication between two other people can somehow lessen their own.
We don't, actually, fight against people who don't want their religious communities to marry certain kinds of people. That is because America is not a Christian nation: churches may sermonize or ceremonize in whatever fashion they please; the secular government may create whatever legal relationships it wishes; never, though, shall the twain meet. The amendment on the ballot asks Minnesotans to take an unconscionable step: to enshrine religious biases into secular law, and in so doing to advance a sort of Christian <i>shari'ah</i> that is antithetical to what it means to be an American and a Minnesotan.
On the 6th of November, when we are asked to redefine marriage, let us in one voice say, "NO".
Robert Arnow is a senior at St. Olaf College, where he is currently studying to be a public school science teacher. Mr. Arnow is the vice president of the Secular Student Alliance at St. Olaf. Also, not that this should affect the validity of his argument one way or the other, Mr. Arnow plans to marry a woman at some point.
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