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This November, Minnesotans will face a proposed amendment that would limit the freedom to marry for same-sex couples. Marriage is an important issue to all of us, and as individuals, we must look to our neighbors and communities for guidance and support before we head to the polls.

When I saw that Wheelock Whitney, a long time Minnesotan conservative was against this amendment, and was fighting to defeat it. I was reminded of how special Minnesota politics is, and how we have always fought for what was right, regardless of party politics.

If you talk to committed same-sex couples, I’m sure you will find that they want to marry for the same reason as anyone else — to make a lifetime promise of love. The proposed freedom-limiting amendment would exclude them this freedom simply because of who they love.

On Nov. 6, I am voting no on the freedom limiting amendment, because I want to make sure Minnesota is a place where politics don’t get in the way of what is right. Talk to your friends, family, and community about why voting NO in November is the Minnesotan thing to do.

Susan Brown


Denton (Denny) Newman Jr.
I've worked at the Brainerd Dispatch with various duties since Dec. 7, 1983. Starting off as an Ad Designer and currently Director of Audience Development. The Dispatch has been an interesting and challenging place to work. I'm fortunate to have made many friends, both co-workers and customers.
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