To the editor:
The people who wrote our state constitution realized that they could not possibly anticipate all the changes that would take place in the future. They knew that changes would come to the civil society and that with each change, one of two things would happen. Either the people would control the impact of the change on their lives, or the change would become an occasion for a few to dictate to the many what they must do and not do.
Minnesota's founders realized that in order for the people to be truly free, they must not be powerless in the face of changes in society. The people must have the right to shape and structure the various institutions of society in a way that the majority finds acceptable. The majority must never be put in the position of having their way of life and institutions trampled down and thrown aside against their will.
We should be thankful to live in a state where we the people have the power to dictate to our government how things will be rather than having our government or a vocal minority dictate to us.
The power that we are talking about, of course, is the power to amend the constitution, which is the power to dictate to every state official - including the governor and the state supreme court - how things will be.
Today we Minnesotans are confronted with a change that none of our state's founders would ever have imagined. It is a social experiment that would do away with the definition of marriage that has been in place for our entire history and replace it with a definition that pretends that gender is irrelevant in marriage. If this social experiment were to find its way into law, it would quickly bring about widespread change in our educational system, our child welfare and adoption system, business and employment law, and, of course, family law.
Many Minnesotans recognize that the changes that proponents of same-sex marriage are advocating are not just a few small things affecting only homosexuals and their partners themselves, but sweeping and widespread changes that will affect all of us in one way or another.
We are not helpless in the face of these changes. We do not need to timidly accept what the pro-homosexual lobbyists would like to force upon us. We have the power to prevent these changes from forcing their way into our lives. Use your power when you go to your polling place on Nov. 6 to vote "Yes" for the Marriage Amendment.
Michael A. Thom