TOPIC REWIND: Do you favor legalizing same sex marriage?
Last week, the Capitol Rotunda was crowded with supporters of same-sex marriage. My office has received hundreds of calls and emails from people on both sides of this issue so again I asked for your input via survey. The feedback was outstanding, with over 170 responses. “Topic Rewind” takes a look back at some of the responses I received. I will post arguments on both sides of the issue. There are many points of view and all are important to me.
This survey is still open: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/J6V2ZLQ
A word cloud created from the 170+ comments received in response to our survey question: “Do you favor legalizing same-sex marriage?”
[box color="blue"]“…all of us are equal and deserving of the same laws and protection.”[/box]
“Long overdue. Capitalize on the attention brought to the issue by the grassroots organization in place due to the Vote No campaign. As a Minnesotan I am proud of our progressive heritage and astonished that we even consider continuing to treat some people as less deserving than others – and we should capitalize on the fact that we have Democrats in power everywhere. As we have learned, there is no guarantee that this will always be the case. So strike while the iron is hot as once gay marriage is in place and the world doesn’t end, people will stop stressing over it.”(undisclosed)
“It is time for Minnesota to be supportive of all its citizens. Life , liberty, and the pursuit of happiness is the American way. Marriage is a conservative value and allowing same sex couples to have the benefits and the responsibilities of marriage makes for stronger communities. Marriage for same sex couples does not take anything away from current marriage participants but is a necessary addition to our rich culture.”
“It seems hypocritical to me that in a democracy, we are debating about whether or not some group of citizens should be afforded the same rights as other groups of citizens. Not only does allowing for gay marriage not threaten my marriage, it teaches my children that all of us are equal and deserving of the same laws and protection.”
[box color="blue"]“While legal rights could be obtained by a civil union, the term marriage does not apply.”[/box]
“The definition of Marriage has been that of a union between one man and one woman for thousands of years. While legal rights could be obtained by a civil union, the term marriage does not apply.”
“Marriage is a sacramental union of a man and a woman. Period. I am not opposed to granting legal rights (dependent health care benefits, tax purposes, etc.) but you cannot label same-sex partnerships the same as male-female partnerships. Legal rights-fine. Naming rights-not acceptable.”
“The family structure that benefits kids most is that of a married Mom and Dad. Authentic marriage encourages men and women to commit to each other as well as any children they may produce. It is important that men and women with gender differences complement each other as spouses and parents. Boys and girls need both a Mom and a Dad. Social science continues to confirm that the family structure that benefits children most is a married Mom and Dad.”