By Christoper Veeder
During the November elections there will be a vote on an amendment concerning same-sex marriage. By voting no future generations could change the laws about same-sex marriage. By voting yes it puts the amendment on the state constitution and makes it very difficult to change.
With younger people becoming more and more accepting of each other, this amendment will hurt how young people will be living in the future. 70% of people 20 years and younger are in support of same-sex marriage, that number is expected to climb over the next few years according to gallop poll. That shows that when younger people become leaders of our state and communities we are going to want to let people have the basic human right to marry the person they love. If this passes, people will not have that right.
This amendment will not only put people’s future at risk, but will even put the state of Minnesota at a huge disadvantage compared to other states. Six states allow same-sex marriage: Washington, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Iowa, Vermont and New Hampshire. In the next few years many others are expected to legalize same-sex marriage. If Minnesota wants to move forward and become a modern state we must stop this amendment. States, communities, countries are all moving toward human equality; but people in this state are holding us back.
People of faith say that the LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender) community is not an act of God’s and is very unreligious. I say that it is very much so an act of God’s. The torah, the bible, and other holy books say that we are images of our creator(s) and that we should not judge each other on who we are. There are religious bodies that have come out to support the LGBT community. The United Church of Christ (UCC) is a Christian church that has came out and open its doors in support of the LGBT community. It has done so by providing educational programs for LGBT people, teaching them that it is fine to be who they are and has ordained many openly gay ministers. Local rabbis have said that they do not support the marriage amendment and urge “all Minnesotans of conscience and faith” to vote against the amendment.
By voting no for this amendment, people are not changing anything. Currently there is a law in Minnesota called the Defense of Marriage Act, which prohibits same-sex marriage already. Voting no does not mean that same-sex marriage will be legal or that you even support it, but voting no will allow young people to make the changes necessary in our state as we take the reins and become leaders of Minnesota. Voting yes on the amendment will put it onto the constitution and will greatly hurt our future.
Supporters of the amendment say that it needs to be on the constitution because we need to maintain the traditional family in Minnesota. As we like to think that the traditional family is made up of a husband, a wife (who will stay together for ever) and two or three kids. The truth is that on average 40% of people will get divorce according to divorcerate.org. Unfortunately broken families are becoming more of an image traditional family. Yet people say that same-sex families will destroy the meaning of marriage and family. That is simply not the case. The divorce rate for same-sex marriages is tremendously lower. Also, overall families with same-sex parents make wiser decisions than families with heterosexual parents. 69% of homosexual parents have a college degree before they get married, according to gaymarriage.lifetips.com.
It is not easy for same-sex parents to have children. In order to adopt kids it takes a lot of work and they have to be truly devoted to raising a family. No matter what people say there has been no research found that kids with homosexual parents having any mental problems or are more likely to become gay themselves. If the people who say that gay marriage ruins the traditional marriage and they really want to get people living in the best families, supporting the amendment will not fix it.
This amendment must be defeated in November. If it does not it will leave Minnesota dragging behind other states and societies. People deserve equal rights and the constitution should not discriminate against human beings. I greatly urge voters to vote no so Minnesota can become a brighter place.