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I am voting “no” on both constitutional amendments that will be on our ballot on Nov. 6. One denies marriage to gay and lesbian citizens. The other potentially denies the right to vote to many Minnesotans.

Before you vote, I urge you to check out the claims of those who urge a “yes” vote on both amendments.

As for the marriage amendment, it’s important to understand that no clergy or church will be required to marry gay people if the amendment is voted down. A “no” vote will simply continue the conversation.

Those urging a “yes” vote on picture identification for voting claims that voter fraud is common. I urge you to check out the statistics on voter fraud, which is very rare in this state.

That said, I must add that I abhor vandalism that has defaced signs urging a “yes” vote for either amendment. As Americans, we all have a right to our opinions.

Here’s a slogan I totally agree with: Minnesota Nice. Vote “No” Twice. And friends, keep your hands off of signs for candidates or causes. Yes, that’s Minnesota Nice. And it’s so important.

Marilyn Heltzer

Bemidji

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