From: Mary Kaye Perrin
It never ceases to amaze me that supposedly intelligent citizens of our state and city could even for a minute contemplate voting ”Yes” on the marriage amendment and “Yes” on the voting amendment. This includes some leaders of our churches.
As far as the marriage amendment, voting “Yes” is a vote of prejudice, pure and simple. What will voting “Yes” do to our gay brothers and sisters?
It will further disenfranchise them. What will it do for you? Make you feel better about keeping another group from realizing their civil rights? Will it make you feel safer from “those people”?
As far as the voting amendment, it is also a matter of prejudice. What will voting “yes” do to the elderly, the poor, the immigrants and our veterans? It will further disenfranchise them. They will have to jump through many more hoops just to vote. How will that make you feel? Will you feel safer from “ those people”?
Minnesota has a proven track record for no fraudulent voting. Minnesota also has a reputation for being open to all ethnic groups as well as gays and lesbians.
Vote “No” and” No.” Do not let fear motivate you.
“A society grows great when old men plant trees whose shade they know they shall never sit under” (An old Greek proverb).