Minnesota Marriage Amendment

According to Article IV of the Minnesota State Constitution, “Each member and officer of the legislature before entering upon his duties shall take an oath or affirmation to support the Constitution of the United States, the constitution of this state, and to discharge faithfully the duties of his office to the best of his judgment and ability.”  Let’s start there.

A key principle behind the Constitution of the United States and the Minnesota State Constitution is the principle of equal protection under the law.  For a review you can find the Equal Protection Clause in the Fourteenth Amendment of the United States Constitution.  The law dictates that  “no state shall […] deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.”

So what the hell are the GOPers trying to do with their pro-discrimination, anti-marriage amendment?

It would seem that these misguided GOP efforts would be dead on arrival.  What harm to anyone’s rights is being done by gay marriage?  What purpose, other than a political one, could an amendment like this serve?  Any rational and objective person has to admit that no harm is caused by gay marriage and that the effort to promote this legislation is a blatantly political move, pitting the special interests of one group against those of another.  Our constitution exists to protect rights equally, not to serve the interests of popularity contests.

This lazy bit of political showmanship is an embarrassment to better Minnesotans.  What was once a progressive and relatively sophisticated state now suffers under the bigoted and backward mismanagment of today’s hopelessly distracted and paranoid GOP.

Do we need to remind today’s conservatives that they claim to respect the sanctity of our nation’s and our state’s constitution?  Listen to fools like Geoff Michel talk about support for the amendment.  Where is there even a hint of constitutional authority giving them reason to argue for this political measure?  It all seems to boil down to a simple-minded justification:  Let the people decide.

When our elected leaders took the oath of office, they accepted the responsiblity to defend the rights of all our citizens equally.  The Constitution exists — and the purpose further reinforced by the Equal Protection Clause — to defend the rights of the minority over the wishes of a majority.  I doubt this will happen in Minnesota, but if a majority did indeed support this hare-brained idea, it would legislate discrimination against a group for no reason that protects any other group from harm.

We are all equally endowed “to secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity” as stated in the opening lines of our national Constitution.  By what right does the shameful GOP in this state think otherwise?

Tomorrow is a rally at the State Capitol against this amendment.  It is time for better and smarter Minnesotans to stand up against the hypocritical bigotry that is turning our state upside down.  We deserve better here in Minnesota.  Oppose this Amendment and the fools who support it.

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