Jody Swanson, Mankato
— As a Republican, I value limited, sensible government, personal responsibility and freedom for all. On Nov. 6, those guiding principles compel me to vote “no” on the proposed marriage limiting constitutional amendment. I believe voting “no” is grounded in Republican history and President Lincoln’s wisdom.
Did you know the Republican Party was founded in 1854 by anti-slavery activists, the one cause they all believed in? On Nov. 6, 1860, Abraham Lincoln, was successfully elected the first Republican president of the United States. This self-made man was born in a log cabin, had little formal education, yet was one of our greatest presidents.
Shortly before Lincoln took the presidential oath of office in 1861, as a freedom protector, he argued the Declaration of Independence of 1776, “gave promise that in due time the weights should be lifted from the shoulders of all men, and that all should have an equal chance.”
Lincoln and his fellow Republicans believed in liberty for all. They were progressive forward-thinking men. Our 16th president knew the country had to move forward, looking to the future, not backward. If Lincoln were alive today, I believe his moderate views would have evolved to champion equal rights for all citizens regardless of their sexual orientation.
The proposed marriage limiting amendment would radically hard code gay and lesbian discrimination into our Minnesota Constitution. To do so would assault Lincoln’s vision.
On Nov. 6, the 152nd anniversary to the day of Lincoln’s U.S. presidential election, I, a Log Cabin Republican, will vote “no” on the marriage limiting constitutional amendment.