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Minnesotans understand that love is love

In less than four months, Minnesotans will face a proposed constitutional amendment that would limit the freedom to marry. The amendment would exclude some people from the freedom to marry simply because they are gay. It would tell them the love they have for their partner is less valid than the love of any other committed couple.

Gay and lesbian couples want to marry for the same reason as anyone else -- to make a lifetime promise of love and commitment. Minnesotans speak a lot about American values and Minnesota Nice. Our founding fathers came here to make sure we didn't have anyone telling us what we could or couldn't do. We are taught to follow the Golden Rule and to treat others the way we want to be treated.

GLBT in Minnesota hold the same values. I know many gay and lesbian couples who have been together for 20, 30 or more years in loving, healthy and safe relationships. I encourage you to have conversations about the freedom-limiting amendment with friends, family and neighbors through the summer and into the fall.

Minnesotans understand that love simply is love, and I trust we will come together in November to stand in defense of all families. Vote "no."

Karen Kimbrough