Now is the time for favorable ruling
Are the Supremes copping out? To hear Justice Samuel Alito sound uncomfortable making a decision about same-sex marriage because he believes this notion to be something newer than the Internet and cellphones sounds like a cop-out to me.
My partner and I have enjoyed a monogamous relationship for 28 years. We have owned a lovely home in south Minneapolis for more than 20 years.
Cellphones weren’t readily available when we got together, and we got online only after we moved into our house. We have foregone the far-longer-standing benefits available to married couples who have lived a similar lifestyle, all this while.
Human rights cannot be relegated to the popular vote. It is beyond time for this decision to handed down that will ensure equal rights for all citizens.
Jim Maurer, Minneapolis
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As the high court contemplates same-sex marriage issues, Minnesota’s own elected officials feel that they, too, have been empowered to redefine marriage; hence, rendering it arbitrary. I have an idea — let’s bus our elementary and preschool children to see a “Gay Pride” parade. All you elected officials in favor, raise your hand — I dare you.
Dan Murray, Eden Prairie
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There are more than 1,100 federal laws that give economic benefits to married couples but deny these benefits to same-sex couples. Yet, the government never fails to deduct taxes from everyone’s paycheck regardless of sexual orientation.
Jim Dahlgren, Crystal
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For public funding, a sordid addiction
If revenue from sin taxes were going down because of fewer smokers or less alcohol consumption, no one would support a campaign to grow consumption up to earlier levels. Yet, when gambling revenues needed to support the stadium are down from forecasts, we are in a panic.
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