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Let’s preserve unique, special institution

Why has virtually every society defined marriage as the union of one man and one woman, a definition that has existed throughout the history of humanity and one that pre-dates any form of organized government? The answer can be summarized in one word: children. Unfortunately, amid much of the selfish adult posturing opposing the Minnesota marriage protection amendment, children have seemingly been forgotten.

Marriage is a special relationship reserved exclusively for heterosexual unions because only the intimate relationship between men and women has the ability to produce children. Man-woman marriage serves a vital and universal societal purpose by helping to create ideal, enduring family units for the benefit of any children produced by that sexual union. Marriage between one man and one woman is the soil in which families grow best, and through them, society. By encouraging men and women to marry, society helps ensure that children will be known by and cared for by their biological parents. Simply stated, while death and divorce too often prevent it, children need and deserve both a mother and a father whenever possible.

The Minnesota marriage protection amendment will preserve Minnesota’s historic and traditional definition of marriage as the union of one man and one woman – the same definition adopted to date by voters in every state to consider the question (31 of 31 states).

Passage of the marriage protection amendment ensures that the people of Minnesota themselves, and not activist judges or politicians, will decide how our state will define marriage in the future. Without a marriage protection amendment in our constitution, just one activist judge or a few politicians can substitute their values for those of the people of Minnesota (there is a case pending in Hennepin County right now that would do exactly this). The marriage protection amendment ensures that if any group wants to redefine marriage in the future, they must first receive the approval of a majority of Minnesota voters to do so.

Marriage as the union of one man and one woman is in the public good and, as such, exists to serve the best interests of children, adults and of society itself. The marriage protection amendment gives Minnesotans the opportunity to preserve and protect this unique and special institution. On Nov. 6, vote “yes” on marriage, so that Minnesota voters will always have the final say.