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Powerlessness of the majority opinion

Posted: May 14, 2013 - 5:19pm

I’m really confused about how the legislative system works. We voted and the “people” voted against gay marriage. Then the issue resurfaces in the House and Senate.

It reminds me of the abortion issue. When the country voted on possible legalization of abortion in 1972, the populace said “no.” But, with finagling of the law, it was brought before the Supreme Court as a personal freedom issue the next year and passed there.

So, why did we vote?

I’ve had many friends and relatives who are gay/lesbians. My uncle was in a committed relationship for more than 40 years. I asked him about the issue and he said he didn’t see why it was necessary to be labeled “married.” He and his partner had drawn up the necessary papers for inheritance, medical proxy and shared ownership on the property. Both had worked and had their own insurance and medical coverage.

I believe in partnership agreements and celebrating their love, but not in the label of marriage. I define marriage differently — as a protection for family’s rights.

It’s another test of the powerlessness of the majority opinion.

Kathy Stephan,

Pequot Lakes

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