The Free Press, Mankato, MN

November 3, 2012

Your View: Courts are needed for fair hearing on marriage

Dwain Petersen, Mankato

— For those of you who have not seen “8,” it is the true drama of the court case that struck down the provisions of Proposition 8 in California that banned gay marriage. It demonstrates the importance of the courts in our democratic form of government.

When an issue gets to a courtroom in the United States of America, people are sworn to tell the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth. During cross examination, lies, innuendo and folly drop away.

Detractors may decry “legislating from the bench,” but no society has developed a better system of checks and balances.

It was announced Monday, Oct. 29, that the Supreme Court of the United States will consider hearing the case yet in the current term which runs through next May. This could mean that even placing a ban on gay marriage in the Minnesota constitution could be declared unconstitutional.

A last minute ad received in the mail on Oct. 31 asserts a yes vote affirms the Minnesota For Marriage cause “without infringing on anyone’s rights.” That is wrong. Same gender couples, their friends and families’ rights are trampled upon by this amendment.

Also the faulty last minute ad states that “Without a marriage amendment in our (MN) constitution, activist judges and politicians can substitute their values for those of the people of Minnesota.”

Does that sound impartial? Judges are necessary to protect the rights of minorities, and as stated above they manage a process to arrive at justice, as opposed to the injustice Minnesota for Marriage is attempting.

Please vote no on the marriage amendment.