Over nine months have gone by since I began this blog. I set out to help educate Minnesotans about the marriage amendment and the far-reaching affects it would have on committed same-sex couples in Minnesota. Through the process, I’ve had the chance to talk with dozens of Minnesotans and I’ve been able to connect people to resources. In a small way, I hope that I’ve been able to influence what some may think about same-sex commitment and the rights that those couples deserve.
It may sound weird to say this, but seeing the sample ballot today suddenly makes all of this very real. In fact, it saddens me to see this ballot in front of me in black-and-white. I mean, logically, I know that November will come. However, up until this point, we’ve been preparing for a battle that secretly, I was hoping we wouldn’t have to fight. But here it is. Right here for everyone to see.
Sure enough, we’re voting on my rights. My ability to celebrate love. My ability to share in the same benefits granted to my peers. Me.
If you can’t say NO because your conscience doesn’t allow or because you’re worried what your spiritual leaders may think, simply leave the question blank. Because, if you fill that oval in next to yes when you go to vote, you are truly saying, “Mark, you are less than other Minnesotans” – and I know in my heart, that’s not the Minnesota I love.
Please vote NO.