Readers Write (May 8): Marriage, Syria, North Dakota

  • Updated: May 8, 2013 - 1:23 PM

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Not a trend; justice centuries in the making

Rep. Michael Beard, R-Shakopee, was quoted in Tuesday’s Star Tribune as saying: “I mean, marriage is what it is, but they are redefining words and redefining meanings that have been in use for centuries because it is the cause of the week, the flavor of the month” — as though being permitted to choose the gender of one’s mate is as insignificant as choosing a flavor of ice cream (“Same-sex marriage vote nears finish line,” May 7).

For centuries, the Judeo-Christian tradition in which our culture is marinated has forbidden homosexual activity. As a result, for centuries gay people have been persecuted and forced into hiding. The fact that marriage has been defined this way for centuries just emphasizes the fact that this change is centuries overdue.

Flavor of the month? Please.

Ed Salden, Chaska

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So what flavor was Dr. Martin Luther King, fighting for equal rights for African-Americans? How about Cesar Chavez? What flavor was his attempt to advance the rights of immigrant farm laborers in California? Or Susan B. Anthony and the struggle for women’s voting rights?

All these flavors are beginning to sound like Baskin-Robbins! Seriously, though, you should be able to disagree with an issue without sounding demeaning or mean-spirited toward those you disagree with. These flavors vote, too.

Darryl Coovert, Eden Prairie

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Shortly before I was sent to Vietnam as a teenager in 1968, I took an oath to preserve, protect and defend the Constitution against all enemies, both foreign and domestic. With that as a backdrop, I found the two recent articles about Chris Kluwe (Sports and Business sections, May 5) interesting.

As Minnesota taxpayers, my wife and I, very much against our wishes, will be providing tax dollars to an out-of-state billionaire for another stadium. Apparently, the Minnesota Vikings ownership did not support Kluwe’s belief that the 14th Amendment (equal protection of the laws) applies to same-sex couples, so Kluwe was released.

Does that mean those of us who support marriage equality do not have to provide tax money to the Wilf family? If, in fact, that is not the case, words fail me as to how offensive my wife and I find this entire process.

Given the current state of the Minnesota infrastructure, we would prefer to see our tax money spent on the long list of things — roads, bridges, schools, etc. — that need to be repaired or replaced.

Those jobs we keep hearing about related to another taxpayer-funded stadium could, instead, be directed at projects that would benefit all who live here.

Tom Edwards, Forest Lake

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