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Knights of Columbus support amendment

September 20, 2012
The Journal

To the editor

On Nov. 6, Minnesotans will have the opportunity to vote on the Marriage Amendment. If passed, the Amendment would define marriage as a union of one man and one woman in the Minnesota State Constitution.

We, the members of Knights of Columbus Council 1076 in the New Ulm area, support the Marriage Amendment. We encourage all Minnesotans to vote "Yes" on Nov. 6.

The Amendment is not about creating a new definition of marriage. Rather, it is about preserving the current definition of marriage present in Minnesota state law.

The government is concerned about the definition of marriage first and foremost because of how it impacts society. Studies have shown that the breakdown of marriage has negative economic, social, and psychological impacts on society. For example, "a survey of the American literature on child well-being found that family structure was more consequential than poverty in predicting children's psychological and behavioral outcomes" (Witherspoon Institute. "Marriage and the Public Good: Ten Principles." Pg. 10).

The Witherspoon Institute's "Marriage and the Public Good: Ten Principles" is an excellent resource that documents the negative consequences of tampering with the nature of marriage. It is available at

Therefore, we support the one-man, one-woman definition of marriage because it is in the best interest of society to do so.

Not voting for the Amendment counts as a "No" vote. We encourage all Minnesotans to vote "Yes" for the Marriage Amendment in November.

Bob Schabert

Sam Patet

and the members of Knights of Columbus Council 1076



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