Staff Editorial: Endorsing Equality
In the coming weeks, Minnesotans will decide whether their state constitution will define marriage as one man and one woman, denying the institution and accompanying rights to homosexual couples across the state.
We ask that as our readers go to the polls, they not forget those this will affect – not some faceless ‘other,’ but their friends, neighbors and fellow students.
According to the 2010 Census, there are over 13,000 gay couples registered in Minnesota. We at Luther are fortunate to have a vibrant and diverse community. This community deserves the same rights, regardless of sexual orientation.
But the rights don’t just end the ability to publicly show their love and say ‘I do.’
Over 200 legal rights are directly connected to marriage in Minnesota, including hospital visitation access. Imagine your partner of 50 years is dying. Even if you’ve lived with your partner – regardless of gender – for 50 years, you could legally be denied visitation rights if unmarried.
This is precisely what is at stake in Minnesota.
This is a sentiment that has been made many times before, but we, the Chips editorial staff, want to be clear that we support marriage equality, and strongly urge those who are able to cast their ballot in Minnesota to vote ‘no.’
A huge decision is to be made in the coming weeks regarding the rights of couples, and polls predict it to be a close race.
The U.S. was founded on freedom, and this amendment encroaches on the freedom of a specific demographic.
Please, vote no to the marriage amendment. Whatever your religious or political beliefs may be, realize that others should not be legally obligated to share them.
Do not vote to make discrimination a part of the Minnesota constitution.