Minnesota Marriage Amendment to Ban No Same Sex Gay Marriage Election November 2012
Minnesota Marriage Amendment to Ban No Same Sex Gay Marriage
In November 2012, Minnesotans will vote on a proposed constitutional amendment that would define marriage as between one man and one woman. Our state House and Senate have placed a constitutional amendment on the November 2012 ballot that will define marriage in the State of Minnesota as the union between one man and one woman.
Regrettably, the media and some secular commentators have chosen to mischaracterize this measure as anti-gay, mean-spirited and prejudicial. This is not the case or the intent behind the initiative. The Minnesota Catholic Conference, made up of the seven Catholic bishops from the state, support this amendment not for prejudicial or political reasons, but rather for reasons that are theological, biological and pastoral.
Theologically, the definition of marriage predates any government or religious denomination. Bible passages say it reflects Gods plan for man and woman to share in his creative power of bringing new life into the world (Genesis 1:27-28). Jesus ratifies this in Matthew 19:8-9. Similarly, the very biological, not to mention spiritual, complementarity of the two sexes defines the reproductive nature of their relationship which, in turn, enhances the well-being and joy of that union.
Children flourish best in the context of having both a mother and a father. Every scientific study confirms this reality. We know that many single parents strive mightily to raise children in as normal a context as possible; and many do an excellent job at this. Nevertheless, boys and girls develop better if they have the influence of a mother and a father, living in the same home.
Opposition to the Minnesota Marriage Amendment
Minnesota Democrats have been vocal in opposing the proposed amendment, and a Change.org petition was made to encourage the party to fight the measure that could be placed on the ballot. According to the petition: "Please be clear about where the DFL Party stands on LGBT equality. Please express your concerns about the looming dangers to LGBT equality in Minnesota. Please call all DFLer;s in MN to become concerned and active for the equal rights of LGBT Minnesotans.
Proponents of the amendment and those who oppose it have a long ground war ahead of them as they try to convince voters that an amendment would either help or hurt families. If the early skirmishes are any indication, both sides already are on the defensive.
The marriage battle is expected to be a big, expensive fight. The first sign of how big the stakes are was a series of clashes this summer before the Minnesota Campaign Finance Board. Pro-amendment groups like the Minnesota Family Council that pushed hard to place it on the ballot, argued that releasing the names of their financial contributors would make them vulnerable to harassment and retaliation from the other side.
At the June 14 meeting, board member Andy Luger, an appointee of Gov. Mark Dayton, questioned Tom Prichard, president of the Minnesota Family Council about the perceived threat. "Other than your intuition, your instincts, your sense of what might happen, do you have information that that is going to occur?" Luger asked. "Well, I can't say it's going to happen until it happens, but I think you look at what's happened in other states - California and other situations where that has happened, and even if there isn't an actual incident, the chilling effect of speech, or criticism or other things," Prichard said. "I mean, even short of physical attacks on violence or something like that."
Minnesotans Companies Opposed to Gay Marriage in MN
On Nov. 6, Minnesotans will vote on a proposed constitutional amendment that would define marriage as between one man and one woman in the state constitution, reflecting existing state statute. The following companies have come out in favor of the amendment. (Click here for a list of companies that oppose the amendment.)
Do you know of a company or business leader who’s taken a stand on the issue—either for or against?
Companies That Support the Marriage Amendment
Bethel World Outreach Church, Inc.
Genadek Landscaping and Excavating, Inc.
Hmong Village Shopping Center
Northland Counseling Services
Solid Rock Ministries, Inc.
The Marden at Rivers Edge
Pro Gay Companies That Oppose the MN Marriage Amendment
Adeline, Inc. Salon - Duluth
Alexander Law Office, PA
Allen J. Oh Law Office
AM 950 The Progressive Voice of Minnesota
Art With a Point
At Sara's Table Chester Creek Café, Duluth
Baillon Thome Jozwiak Miller & Wanta LLP
Benjamin Leach Farmer's Insurance Agency
Berens & Miller, PA
The Bibelot Shops
Big Table Studio
Billy Scott Farmer's Insurance Agency
Blooming Grounds Coffee House
Blue Heron Coffeehouse
Bluff Country Co-Op
The Book Shelf
The Bortel Firm, LLC
Buchholz & Burke, PLLC
Burton Art Studios
Butter Bakery Café
Carol Lewis, Attorney at Law
Catalyst Studios, Inc.
Chewzy Dogs, LLC dba Just Dogs! Gourmet
Chinese Foo Dog Club of America
Chitwood & Davey PLLC
Cooper & Reid, LLC
Dawnview Coffee Co.
Design Forty Five
DriveTrain Agency, LLC
Dunwold & Peterson PA
Ed's No-Name Bar of Winona
Electric Fetus, Duluth
Evidence Based Specialists
Expressions of Wellness Massage
First Avenue & 7th Street Entry
Frew Law Office
Fun City Dogs
Gema Cards and Coasters
Goldstein Law Office, PA
Great Lakes Window & Siding/Owens Corning Basement Finishing System of Minnesota
Halunen and Associates
Heltzer & Houghtaling, PA
Hannah Johnson Fabrics
Herbal Turtle Farm
Honest-1 Auto Care
Iconic Images dba Venture Photography
Inner Peace Therapy & Yoga
International Kennel Society
J Lydia Salon
J One, LLC
Jansen & Palmer, LLC
John Sonnek & Son Photography
JoAnn Thomas Classical Homeopathy
Johnathon Monto Films
Just Food Co-op
Kate Sommers Photography
Keller Williams Realty - Shannon Lindstrom
Law Office of Kelcey Patrick-Ferree
The Law Office of Jerry A. Burg
Lehmann Consulting, Inc.
Libera Knapp, PA
Lillemo and Associates, LLC
Linder Dittberner & Bryant, Ltd.
Lockridge Grindal Nauen, PLLP
Lucy Coffee Cafe
Mandala Center for Wellness
Maschka, Riedy & Ries Law Firm
Merchant Services Minnesota
Midwest Quaker Resources
Miller Riedy & Ries Law Firm
Miller O'Brien Cummins, PLLP
Min Enterprises Photography, LLC
Minnesota Life Celebrations, LLC
Minnesota Machine Women's Football Team
Minnesota Vixen Women's Football Team
Minnesota Women's Press
Mobile Pet Doctor
My SCENE City LLC
Nichols Kaster Attorneys at Law
Nicklay Agency - Farmer's Insurance
Nicole Houff Photography
Nilan Johnson Lewis, PA
Nina Hale, Inc. Search Engine Marketing
Nokomis Pet Clinic
Northern Lights Counseling Center
Northern Sun Merchandising
Oppenheimer Wolff & Donnelly, LLP
Orion Corporation of Minnesota
Paperbacks and Pieces
Paul Law Firm
Peace Out Clothing Co.
Peapods Natural Toys and Baby Care
Pieces of the Past
Pipe Dream Toys
Pretty Things on Third
Price McCluer and Plachecki
Rebel Ink Printing
Reitan Law Office
Reiter & Schiller, PA
Renovation Systems, Inc.
Right at Home
Robins, Kaplan, Miller & Ciresi, LLP
The Rochester Girls, Inc.
ROR Tax Professionals
Rox Minneapolis Jewelry
Rx 4 Success
Seward Co-op Grocery and Deli
Shannon Porter Photography
Sidewalk Dog, Inc.
Skelly Video Productions
Smart Set, Inc.
Solera Restaurant and Event Center
Song Hong & Associates, Inc.
Sorella Wine & Spirits
St. Jude Medical
Streater & Murphy, PA
The Suicide Commandos Punk Rock Band
Town Life Magazine
Trellage-Ferrill Architecture & Art
Warehouse Liquor, Winona
Welna II Hardware, LLP
Wermerskirchen & Blomquist, LLC
Whole Foods Co-Op, Duluth
Wilde Roast Café
Wolf Rohr McKenzie & Gemberling, PA