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November 3, 2012

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

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MANKATO —

 It’s all about promoting family stability in a relationship that might produce children, he said.

“They just said, ‘Hey, you want to get married, we know what you’re going to do, we know what might come out of that. We’re going to hold you responsible for that. Here’s your marriage license.’”

While Cramblit doesn’t see how allowing gay marriage could do anything to undermine heterosexual marriage, she sees real harm in a statewide vote that tells gay couples that their love and commitment to each other is less worthy. It would also be wrong to tell an infertile opposite-sex couple that their relationship isn’t worthy of legal recognition.

“I definitely think that marriage is something more than just a means of procreation and raising children,” she said. “... I have a brother and sister-in-law who are married and not with children. I look at the love between them, the way they support each other as they get older, the companionship that they have between the two of them. That’s not any less legitimate than the marriage that Denny and I have.”

What lies ahead

Gay marriage will be illegal in Minnesota on Wednesday, regardless of the vote count on Tuesday. What will be decided is if it’s banned only by existing state law or if it’s also prohibited in the state government’s foundational document.

 The state law prohibiting gay marriage could be undone quickly by the courts or by a future Legislature, Blaschko warns. If the amendment passes, he said he will be relieved but won’t be loudly cheering.

“I’m internally going to feel so good that my grandchild will have a chance to get the values that I think he should get,” he said. “But on the other hand, 50 percent of the people don’t agree with this. We’ve got to reach out to those 50 percent. We have to reach an understanding, and the work just starts.”

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