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The Proposed Marriage Amendment: Restrictions Protect Liberty

October 16, 2012
The Journal

To the editor:

One question Minnesotans will consider in the voting booth on Nov. 6 is this: Do we want to uphold and preserve one man/one woman marriage and protect liberties which have existed for centuries - or will we, by redefining an institution which has been the bedrock of our society, open the floodgates to allow our liberty to be gradually eroded?

This erosion will lead to a breakdown in the foundation that holds our society together. This is admittedly a sweeping statement, but not without basis. In a previous letter I have enumerated which liberties would be affected.

Our government sets limits, defines rights, and creates boundaries in order to protect the liberty we hold so dear. Laws, boundaries, property rights, a constitution that is clearly laid out, amendments to that constitution which are formed to clearly define These all are restrictive and necessarily so. They state clearly both what to tolerate and what must not be tolerated. The marriage protection amendment before us would continue to define and restrict the institution of marriage to one man and one woman.

It is not the government's job to make sure that everything is tolerated. That is not the liberty or freedom of which our forefathers wrote. The word "choice" is often used in defending the right of individuals to do whatever they feel is in their own best interest. I can choose to murder a baby as a solution to a problem which is either of my own making or someone else's. I can choose to have a relationship with someone in the name of love regardless of what God has expressed as His will and regardless of the impact it will have on society and especially children.

If we begin to redefine what in the past was self-evident we will be heading down a dangerous and slippery slope. Millions of babies have been disposed of as a result of a redefinition of the word "life." The results of redefining the word "marriage" will head us and our children down still another treacherous slope. There are sources for learning the legitimate reasons why so many Americans feel traditional marriage should be preserved. For more information about the vital importance of this amendment go to:

Vote YES on the marriage amendment to protect our liberty and keep the foundation of our country strong.

Vote NO if you want the floodgates open to a weakening of that foundation.

Leaving the ballet blank will count as a NO vote.

Mary Thom

New Ulm



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