To the editor:
The United States is a republic. We choose representatives to attend sessions, meet with voters, study materials to become informed about issues, and then cast a wise vote. There are certain times when the electorate gets to cast ballots themselves-one ballot per person. Those occasions are referendums when voters get to express their opinion about a question.
This November we, the voters of Minnesota, get to express our opinion about three referendum questions. One of the referendum questions will require us to decide what we feel the definition of marriage should be in Minnesota. Should marriage remain one man, one woman or should the definition be something else?
The wording on the ballot will say:
"Shall the Minnesota Constitution be amended to provide that only a union of one man, one woman shall be valid or recognized as a marriage in Minnesota?" If we feel that marriage should remain one man, one woman, then we will mark "Yes" on the ballot. If we feel that marriage should have another definition, then we will mark "No" on the ballot. If we leave the question blank, then it will also be counted as a "No."
Each voter in Minnesota needs to look at all the issues and make a decision before going to the polls. Informing ourselves is the serious responsibility of people who have the privilege of living in a republic.