The purpose of this amendment is to state that a marriage is only valid if it is between a man and a woman. First of all, why do people care about same sex marriage? I mean, don’t get me wrong, I think those whose rights are being infringed upon should care, but the people pushing this amendment–why do they care? Same-sex marriage doesn’t harm anyone. Besides, there are many benefits/privileges for the married folks; joint income tax returns and estate planning just to name a couple. To deny a citizen his rights and privileges because of who he or she has chosen to marry, is a violation of the 14th Amendment of the United States Constitution, which states that “No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States.” Does marrying someone of the same sex make either party any less of a citizen? I don’t think so. Thus, I will be voting NO on this amendment.
Here is the proposed amendment that Minnesotans can vote on in the General Election (November 6, 2012).
S.F. No. 1308, 1st Engrossment – 87th Legislative Session (2011-2012) Posted on May 12, 2011
1.2 proposing an amendment to the Minnesota Constitution; adding a section to
1.3 article XIII; recognizing marriage as only a union between one man and one
1.5 BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MINNESOTA:
1.6 Section 1. CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT PROPOSED.
1.7 An amendment to the Minnesota Constitution is proposed to the people. If the
1.8 amendment is adopted, a section shall be added to article XIII, to read:
1.9 Sec. 13. Only a union of one man and one woman shall be valid or recognized as a
1.10 marriage in Minnesota.
1.11 Sec. 2. SUBMISSION TO VOTERS.
1.12 (a) The proposed amendment must be submitted to the people at the 2012 general
1.13 election. The question submitted must be:
1.14 “Shall the Minnesota Constitution be amended to provide that only a union of one
1.15 man and one woman shall be valid or recognized as a marriage in Minnesota?
1.18 (b) The title required under Minnesota Statutes, section 204D.15, subdivision 1,
1.19 for the question submitted to the people under paragraph (a) shall be “Recognition of
1.20 Marriage Solely Between One Man and One Woman.”