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Keep Marriage between One Man and One Woman

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opinion Brainerd, 56401
Brainerd MN 506 James St. / PO Box 974 56401

This November Minnesota voters will have the chance to decide on a crucial issue facing our civilization: the Marriage Amendment. They must decide whether marriage in Minnesota will constitutionally be defined as between one man and one woman. I urge you to vote “Yes” to this amendment. Voting “no” will endanger the future of marriage and the very fabric of family life itself in Minnesota.

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A vote against the marriage amendment is a vote in favor of legalizing same-sex marriage. But legally enshrining same-sex unions is a mistake. Ever since the dawn of civilization marriage has been defined as between one man and one woman. The greatest thinkers throughout history have all held marriage as between one man and one woman — Plato, Aristotle, Augustine, and Thomas Aquinas to name a few. They challenged the cultural milieu of their day. They were not bigots. They simply recognized what the nature of marriage is. To legally enshrine same-sex unions is to say the most brilliant thinkers in all of history were mistaken. To stand with this intellectual tradition of the past is to give a vote to the most obscure of all classes — the dead. If they’d support traditional marriage, perhaps we should too.

Further, if the definition of marriage can be changed once, then it can be changed again. If the definition of marriage can be changed to include same-sex unions, then in principle there is no reason why it cannot be changed again to include one man and five women or one woman and five men — or even a man and his dog. Legally enshrining same-sex unions in principle paves the way for polygamy, bestial marriages, etc.

Let’s vote “YES” on the Marriage Amendment this November!

John Skalko II

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