Minnesota is such a great place to call home because we are a state that embraces and values our differences. As a Pastor, I have the unique opportunity to meet my congregation where they are and help prepare them for the week to come each Sunday. This week, Minnesotans are preparing for one the most important elections in a long time. Not only will we be electing America's next President and voting on our local legislators, but we'll also be voting on the so-called "marriage amendment" - the hot button issue that has certainly attracted an incredible amount of attention and debate. In true Minnesota fashion, the debate has been overwhelmingly positive and respectful. I'm proud of that - and I'm also proud to be voting NO on the marriage amendment. It is because of my faith, not in spite of it, that I have come to this conclusion.