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Letter: Affirm marriage

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Both the Declaration of Independence, "endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights", and the Minnesota State Constitution, "We, the people of the State of Minnesota, grateful to God for our civil and religious liberty," acknowledge that our rights come from God. So why is it so difficult for so many to accept God's design for males and females and what we call the institution of marriage?

Despite what the editor said, marriage is in danger of redefinition. In fact the editor had to redefine it to try and make his point. Marriage in the state of Minnesota is defined as: "Marriage, so far as its validity in law is concerned, is a civil contract between a man and a woman, to which the consent of the parties, capable in law of contracting, is essential. Lawful marriage may be contracted only between persons of the opposite sex Minnesota Statute 517.001." It is not simply a "partnership of two consenting adults."

The amendment does not take a "right" away from homosexuals. They have never had this right in the state of Minnesota. We are being told we should ignore thousands of years of civilization which supports male and female marriage. Even in cultures where more than one wife was allowed, it was still male and female.

God created males and females, and blessed them with marriage. Marriage in accord with God's design is a beautiful and spiritual experience. In marriage God graciously shares his greatest power with us: the power to create new life. This is what it is about and this is how it is defined.

If the marriage amendment fails, you can be sure that some judge or a liberal legislature will soon redefine marriage for us; that is what our opponents are counting on. I'd rather marriage be defined by God, and affirmed by the people. Vote yes.

Rick Chambers

Willmar

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