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‘Vote Yes’ just means Vote Yes

September 12, 2012
The Journal

To the editor:

In response to Wendy Ringhofer's letter of September 8 - I have a sign in my yard. This is what I want it to convey to those driving by. Vote YES to the marriage protection amendment if you want the people of our state to decide the definition of marriage rather than judges or the legislature. Vote YES because marriage, in the true sense, is and always will be the union of one man and one woman. That is all my sign is meant to say. Any other interpretation comes from the reader, not from the sign itself or from me.

If I had the opportunity to speak personally with someone who is involved in a homosexual lifestyle I would say this: You are welcome in my town, in my home, and in my church. That does not mean I accept what you are doing as being right and good. There is something wrong with what you are doing, just as there is something wrong with plenty of the things that I do. It is not loving to pretend things are OK when they aren't.

You have the right to do whatever you please in your own home even if it is wrong, as long as it does not adversely affect others. We have differing opinions on the effects homosexual marriage would have on our society - and does have where it has already been established. Both you and I have the right to voice our opinions and to encourage others to vote as we do.

The question was asked, "Should you have these signs posted?" Certainly not, if the goal is to get some satisfaction out of hurting others. Since my goal is not to hurt anyone but to provide important information, I will keep the sign in my yard and encourage others to do so. Vote YES for the marriage protection amendment on Nov. 6.

An added note: As was stated by Ms. Ringhofer the people of New Ulm do have the right to have yard signs posted. However, no one has the right to trespass and change the signs or steal them. Please respect the rights of others to express their views even if they do not agree with yours.

Mary Thom

New Ulm



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