From: John Rupkey
An open letter to Senator Jeremy Miller:
I am an Independent Democrat, but I voted for you in the past election for several reasons:
• Since you own a habitable boathouse, I thought it would be good boathouse politics.
• You are a member of a family whose contributions to the people of Winona are extraordinary.
• You are in a generation that wasn’t programmed into homophobia as intensively as those of us in older generations.
• You seem intelligent and reasonable on many issues.
Soon the gay civil marriage issue will come before the Minnesota Senate. I am amazed by how fast gay marriage in America has progressed from unthinkable to inevitable, thanks to your generation.
For centuries and centuries, over almost all cultures and religions, two things have been true:
1. Marriage has been between one man and one woman.
2. The voices of gay persons have been silenced by various means such as hate, bullying, degrading psychological and moral rejection, bashing, torture, execution, and especially isolation inside closets.
When I was your age, I didn’t even know one other gay person on earth. If I would have admitted to being gay back then, I could have been sent off to a mental institution for reprogramming.
I can imagine there must be some conflict going on within you on this issue now that gay people have liberated their voices in our time and are asking for understanding and justice. With your vote, you can extend to the gay people in Minnesota an invitation to join with you in living the Great American Dream.
Some pundits are saying your vote doesn’t mean anything because the senate is already with us. But I believe that for you it could mean a lot. When you are running for President of the United States in 2032, the older anti-gay marriage crowd will be dying off, and I’ll bet you will be glad then that you helped create the Big Gay-Friendly Republican Tent back in 2013.