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November 3, 2012

Marriage amendment draws parents, church-goers from opposite sides of issue

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MANKATO —

Speaking of children

Cramblit first began thinking more deeply about gay rights when she and her husband began teaching a human sexuality program to teenagers through their church. A discussion of sexual orientation was part of the curriculum.

“These were seventh- to 10th-graders and seeing how interested they were in hearing the stories, we would have a panel come in from MSU and talk to the kids and share their stories — a lot of them very painful because of the abuse that gay people and young people often face in school and in their community,” she said.

One of the lessons was that gay people don’t have a choice about their orientation any more than that they have a choice of eye color. And the students discovered that the love and commitment shared by a same-sex couple appeared to be equivalent to that of an opposite-sex couple.

“One of them commented on that,” Cramblit said. “‘The love looks the same.’”

Blaschko said his faith teaches that homosexuality is innate, not chosen; that homosexuals must be accepted with respect, compassion and sensitivity; and that they shouldn’t be subject to unjust discrimination.

But marriage is an exception.

“They can choose to have whatever relationships they want,” he said. “But a marriage is a man and a woman and the ability to have children.”

When government gets involved, through the issuing of a license, it has little interest in the level of love between two people, Blaschko said.

“When I went to the courthouse and applied for my marriage license, they didn’t say, ‘Well, Russ, on a scale of one to 10, how much in love are you with her? Debbie, on a scale of one to 10, how much are you in love with him? OK, you both gave a good number, we’re going to marry you.’ They didn’t say that. They didn’t care about that.”

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