Editorial: Voters say no to amendments, yes to fairness

  • Article by: EDITORIAL BOARD , Star Tribune
  • Updated: November 7, 2012 - 5:50 PM

The amendment battles were divisive, expensive and ill-advised. Fortunately, Minnesotans saw through the bias inherent in both proposals.

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PolishBearNov. 7, 1212:20 PM

The victories for marriage equality in Maine, Minnesota, Washington, and Maryland tell me one thing: Americans are learning to make better value judgments. Why is it that Straight couples are encouraged to date, get engaged, marry and build lives together in the context of monogamy and commitment, and that this is a GOOD thing … yet for Gay couples to do exactly the same is somehow a BAD thing? T...o me this seems like a very poor value judgment. Ask any Straight couple why they choose to marry. Their answer will not be, “We want to get married so that we can have sex and make babies!” That would be absurd, since couples do not need to marry to make babies, nor is the ability of even desire to make babies a prerequisite for obtaining a marriage license. No, the reason couples choose to marry is to make a solemn declaration before friends and family members that they wish to make a commitment to one another’s happiness, health, and well-being, to the exclusion of all others. Those friends and family members will subsequently act as a force of encouragement for that couple to hold fast to their vows. THAT’S what makes marriage a good thing, whether the couple in question is Straight OR Gay. It looks like American voters are starting to accept that.

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comradeNov. 7, 1212:21 PM

Congratulations to a corrupt media ! You successfully fooled enough people into believing that insuring the integrity of the election system is a bad, bad thing. Well, you have sown the seed of distrust and in the future you will reap the benefits.

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xjritterNov. 7, 1212:59 PM

Despite propaganda from the "Vote yes on Voter ID" people, Minnesotans realized that voter fraud is very rare if present at all in Minnesota, and that it would have cost multiple millions of dollars to implement for a non-problem. Minnesota consistently leads the nation in voter participation, and the voters came out in droves yesterday to make sure it stayed that way.

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RyoushiNov. 7, 12 1:32 PM

Of course this won't happen, but one would hope the Republicans learned a hard lesson about trying to flagrantly impose Jim Crow style laws suppressing voter and basic rights, especially since not only did their restrictive initiatives go down in flames but they also were thrown out as the majority in both houses of the state legislature for pushing such discriminatory garbage. After listening to some commentary today, I don't believe they have and will continue their anti human rights ways.

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oat777Nov. 7, 12 1:44 PM

Very proud to be a Minnesotan today!

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chavistaNov. 7, 12 1:58 PM

Hey Chris Kluwe, what are you doing in two years? Would you consider moving to St. Cloud, a rather nice community that has been represented by a real dingbat for the past 6 years? If you're not busy, Minnesota could use a real Representative from the sixth district in Congress.

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gofishinNov. 7, 12 2:04 PM

Hey editors, don't fool yourself with the vision of 'equity' as opposed to methods. I think there are a lot of folks that do not support same sex marrige but just were very mad at the manner this was crammed down our throat. If a law was passed with proper discussion, it might have a lot better chance.

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agbasherNov. 7, 12 2:09 PM

I am saddened this morning to see that Minnesotans have arrogantly redefined a 5,000 year institution. Coming soon to a state fair near you is support for bestiality and incest; both of which are only a small step below homosexuality. God have mercy on this country and this step.

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freedubayNov. 7, 12 2:12 PM

I didn't vote on the amendment because we already have a law that forbids same sex marriage. Even if the amendment had passed it wouldn't have changed anything. It was a waste of time and money.

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ginny6Nov. 7, 12 2:18 PM

Amen. The voters did the right thing. Thanks, Minnesota!!

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