The amendment makes no change in rights and benefits for gays and lesbians, nor does it limit the legislature’s ability to provide future benefits if those become needed… Gays and lesbians have the right to live as they choose, but they do not have the right to redefine marriage for all society.
Chuck Darrell, Communications Director, Minnesota for Marriage
Source: The New American
Warning: Spin machine in action! Back in January, I wrote about the strategic approach amendment proponents would be taking, and the above highlights that strategy in action. Essentially, the message takes committed gay and lesbian couples out of the picture, and instead, turns it around to the right to vote. Darrell says that nothing will change – and he is right - nothing will change whether this amendment passes or doesn’t pass. But if it does pass, the only way that Minnesota could make a change in the future would be by another constitutional amendment. Another fight with more money and more time.
What Darrell isn’t saying should be as loud as what he is saying: Minnesota for Marriage wants to ensure that committed gay and lesbian couples are not able to benefit in recognizing their commitment in the future without a significant fight that would cost millions of dollars and require millions of Minnesotan’s to stand with them. He is also saying that he wants the majority to vote on the rights of a minority. Yikes. That’s a scary proposition.