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Continued: Readers Write (May 3): Civility, same-sex marriage

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Tom Obert, Alexandria, Minn.

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It’s time to take another step forward

There is no doubt that the May 1 letter writer was sincere in his belief that there is no comparison between the abuse given to Jackie Robinson and the animosity toward gay athletes today. But those who booed Robinson firmly believed that it was unnatural for the races to compete on the same field. And that it was unnatural for people of different races to marry — illegal in some states until a 1967 Supreme Court ruling.

It took 130 years after the U.S. Constitution was written to guarantee women the right to vote. All of these beliefs were sincere, based on religious and social upbringing. Permission for all three kinds of bigotry has been rescinded, even though sincere beliefs remain. They are just wrong, that’s all.

Len Schakel, Lakeland, Minn.

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For the past two years, Minnesota has asked its gay and lesbian citizens to prove that they are worthy of marriage licenses, first by defeating a constitutional amendment and now by lobbying the Legislature. We have insisted that they tell us their personal stories of love and commitment so we can judge whether they are entitled to husbands, wives and children.

Moreover, we demanded that they already be successful at these tasks without legal protection and equal benefits and that they endure not only scrutiny, but outright harassment, for living their lives.

Well, the LGBT community sure has done a good job. They built a broad coalition of faith groups, businesses, professional organizations and ordinary folks statewide and presented a positive message about the importance of two loving people being able to legally join in marriage.

Moreover, under all the scrutiny of powerful and well-funded groups, no negative consequences of committed same-sex relationships have been demonstrated in our state.

It is time to end this period of examination and allow all loving, committed Minnesota adults to stand in line at our county courthouses and buy marriage licenses.

Beth-Ann Bloom, Woodbury

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In a May 2 article, Gov. Dayton was quoted as saying, “I believe all of us should have the freedom to marry legally the person we love.” I wonder what he would say to children who desire to be with both their mom and their dad?

If same-sex marriage becomes law, the law will encourage more children to be brought into this world without having the chance to know both their parents. Should the rights of adults to be with whom they want trump the rights of children to be with whom they want?

Emily Koenig, Minneapolis

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