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Marriage amendment

The marriage amendment is puzzling to me.

I am a Christian and I’m puzzled. I have a very hard time accepting that Jesus Christ would deal with the marriage issue in this way. He represents being inclusive, not exclusive.

I am a Republican and I’m puzzled. The Republican Party says it stands for less government yet this amendment is more government. Government can’t be smaller and bigger at the same time. It’s using our constitution to take away freedoms, not ensure them.

I was a businessman and I’m puzzled. Today we need to create jobs to fuel our economy and attract productive people. Why put up “Unwelcome” signs in our state? I was in human resources and wonder why we’d limit our options when searching for good employees?

I am a father and a grandfather and I’m puzzled. I want opportunity and happiness for my family but this amendment does not foster that for some. I don’t know what the future holds so why would I want to limit their choices?

I am an American and I’m puzzled. The Declaration of Independence is a fundamental statement of our country’s values stating that citizens are “endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” How does this amendment measure up?

I believe in the American Dream and I’m puzzled. The Marriage Amendment is a step backwards. It takes freedom away. It’s an about face to the progress we’ve made from being slaves, serfs, and landless with no rights and being marginalized as females or persons of color — to having rights.

The Marriage Amendment puzzles me because it isn’t right. It doesn’t fit with my values, nor my beliefs. I intend to vote “NO.” I urge you to do the same.

John Forney


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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