Emotions high as issue nears a likely resolution
My wife and I are married in our hearts, in our synagogue and in the state of Iowa. We hope to soon be seen as married in our home here in Minnesota, too. We urge the Senate to recognize our relationships and to do the right thing by voting for equality and justice today.
Sandra Levine, Minneapolis
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As parents with a beloved gay son, we want to thank all the legislators who are voting “yes” for his freedom to marry. We know this vote will be a difficult one for many of the legislators. It makes our gratitude that much greater.
Randi and Philip Reitan, Eden Prairie
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All you legislators who call yourselves Christians who voted to change the definition of marriage — you are Christians no longer. God defined marriage as between one man and one woman. Evidently, you consider yourselves above God by changing the definition. Shame on you, and may God have mercy on your souls.
And, you definitely will not have my vote when you come up for re-election!
Andy Pakalns, St. Paul
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How interesting that it was the opponents of same-sex marriage who sang “Amazing Grace,” when it was the supporters who really knew the meaning of such grace!
Ronald A. Nelson, Minneapolis
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If gays want to get married, let them, but with all the attention the Star Tribune and our state Legislature have given to same-sex marriage, you’d think that this is the most important issue confronting us today. Pollution, billions in debt, a decaying infrastructure, homelessness, poverty, etc. — all seem to be of less importance considering the amount of space devoted to this issue. While Rome is burning, will you quit your fiddling?
DAVE RAND, Minneapolis
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One of the great traditions in hockey is the handshake at the end of the game. No matter who wins or loses, despite a hard-fought game or playoff series, both teams line up and shake hands. It’s a show of respect for whom you just played against, by looking your opponent in the eye.
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