Beyond the benefits for personal relationships, there’s a feeling of ease in the community.
My heart swells with gratitude for the state of Minnesota, and for its leaders, especially: Legislators John Marty, Scott Dibble, Linda Higgins, Mee Moua and Patricia Torres Ray, and Gov. Mark Dayton. Why? Because on Aug. 1, 2013, I was given the right to legally marry my wife.
As countless straight couples have experienced for centuries, marriage brings a feeling of security and strength to a relationship like nothing else. The feeling of validation and empowerment that we, our children and hundreds of others have received has been immeasurable. To feel supported by our home state is such a wonderful feeling. When we travel outside Minnesota, we truly feel a loss for that recognition and a little out of place. When we cross back over the state line, we look at each other, smile and exclaim: “We’re married again!”
This action also has touched our community and young people. I am a high school teacher and had the joy of witnessing how the bill’s passage, almost immediately, brought increased acceptance and, more surprisingly, a feeling of contentment or relief toward this issue. No longer do kids feel like they need to choose a side or try to validate their sexuality. Our state has done this for them! This seems to be the case in school as well as in the general community.
How amazing! Thank you to all who fought to make my life and love complete!
Martha Pedina, Brooklyn Center
Americans believe in the justice system
What do the end of the Jesse Ventura lawsuit and the beginning of a possible lawsuit against President Obama by House Republicans have in common? They demonstrate how all Americans, of all political persuasions, love to sue and, implicitly, how they trust the legal system. This unites us as a people and makes us different from any other nationality.
Ventura was one of the more prominent members of the Independence Party, a known libertarian who apparently believes that the federal government has been involved in some secret conspiracies but who trusted the federal court system to find the truth in his legal action, and won.
Conservative Republicans, although slightly more likely to advocate for tort reform, had a recent success in the Hobby Lobby case and are now returning to the courts to file a lawsuit against the president.
Liberals and Democrats have a long history of seeking justice in the court system in the area of civil rights and, more recently, same-sex marriage.
In no other country do the citizens have such an innate belief that the system will fairly hear their grievances and such confidence that it will vindicate their position (although the latter probably happens less than half the time). I think it is wonderful.
V. John Ella, Robbinsdale
POLICE OFFICER KILLED
A harsh reminder of the job’s daily peril
It’s sadly ironic that within the same period police in one city are singled out by community members alleging brutality (“Mpls. cases get spotlight,” July 30), a police officer in another nearby community loses his life in the line of duty (“Suspect in officer’s slaying is shot,” July 31). These sorts of incidents bookend the challenges and the sacrifices of law enforcement in today’s society. I offer no position on the veracity of the allegations in Minneapolis, and I hope they are unfounded, but let us not forget that the same police officer who ticketed or even arrested you one minute may in the very next moment lose his or her life just for wearing a badge.
Mike McGee, Maple Grove
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