To the editor:
As a former resident of New Ulm I have always been proud of how actively involved that community is in politics and expressing their opinions and beliefs. I believe that everyone has the right to believe in what they wish. I appreciate a well designed argument and I have seen a few of these in the letters to the editor and comments that follow. What I am having a hard time with are some of the reasons people are using in support of the proposed marriage amendment.
The first argument that disturbs me is that the Bible reads that a marriage can only be between one man and one woman. While this is true, it also reads many other things that these same advocates ignore. For example, it's written that slavery is OK, as long as it isn't the people of Israel (Leviticus 25:44-46). It's also written that women should be completely subservient to men, in fact, they shouldn't even be allowed to speak in church! (1 Corinthians 14:34-36) I am guessing that people using this argument don't believe that we should bring back slavery or take away the rights of women. If you are standing on the Bible as your reason that this amendment should be passed (don't forget the separation of church and state), then you must stand on that same Bible to defend everything it reads. DO NOT use the Bible when it is convenient for your belief and blow it off when it isn't. I am a Christian, but realize that there are times of change and I will not let every word written dictate my belief.
The second argument that I find interesting is that a child raised by anything other than a heterosexual couple has such a small chance to be successful that we need to keep that from happening. I am not going into this very deep - I do not think there is overwhelming evidence on either side of this issue, but I can tell you that I have homosexual friends that would be much better parents than some heterosexual couples I know. I also know that it is possible to be raised outside of a "traditional" family setting of having one mother and one father and become a capable adult as I have lived that life. I was raised in a home by only a mother (and grandparents close by), but somehow I grew up and am able to function in this world. Point being that a "traditional" family is not the only type of family that can raise a child.
I believe in everyone's right to their own beliefs and don't expect my words to sway anybody's opinion. I know that I believe that a marriage is something that should be celebrated as it symbolizes the love that two individuals share. Believe what you will, I believe that the state has no right to limit this freedom by sexual orientation and I will be voting no in this upcoming election.