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Friday, April 01, 2005

The unmarried

Posted by: Hammer / 11:02 AM

Call it what it is -- and it's not a gay marriage ban. Gay marriage is already banned in Minnesota. It's a constitutional amendment to ban any of the benefits of marriage to any non-married couples. Here's the text:
Only the union of one man and one woman shall be valid or recognized as a marriage in Minnesota. Any other relationship shall not be recognized as a marriage or its legal equivalent.
This amendment bans civil unions. What about domestic partnership benefits?
The bill "is the only way to make sure activist judges don't circumvent the will of the people," argued Rep. Dan Severson, R-Sauk Rapids, the chief sponsor of the bill.

Critics labeled the bill "discriminatory and mean-spirited," saying its language is so murky that it would set the stage for countless lawsuits. ...

Critics demanded evidence that gay marriage is a threat to the institution of marriage and asked about its impact on domestic partner benefits at such public institutions as the University of Minnesota.

Severson declined to address those questions.

The University of Minnesota's domestic partner benefits provide the same benefits "to registered same-sex domestic partners of employees as it does to legal spouses of employees."

All the politicians know the demographics and view points. A majority of people oppose gay marriage today, but that will change over the next twenty years. Enshrining this bigotry into the state's constitution will only make the fight more difficult when the balance of voters swing the other way.

Most importantly, however, if this does go to a direct vote, it must be perfectly clear what the people are voting for -- and what they are voting against. You can't put your trust in the will of the people while willfully working to keep them ignorant.


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