A very well-written letter from the Senior Minister of the Church of the Larger Fellowship. Reverend Meg Riley shares a recent vacation she took in Iowa where gay marriage is legal. She shares some of the feelings she experienced:
Still, there was a feeling of safety in Iowa that does not exist in Minnesota, and not just because with or without the passage of the constitutional initiative, it’s illegal for same-sex couples to get married in Minnesota. That’s always been true. But in Iowa I didn’t feel as if part of me was gearing up for an attack on my humanity, always watching for the dangers that accompany that.
My favorite part of Riley’s letter is the reason for why it felt safe Iowa:
…the “Welcome to Iowa” sign did not say, “Where same-sex couples can be legally married.” So my overall experience was that people are people, with a range of approaches to life, whatever the laws of their state do or don’t say about gay and lesbian couples.
Click over to read Riley’s letter in its entirety. As for her prediction, the attack on LGBT humanity is about to start. Make no mistake, amendment proponents have been planning, preparing and honing their strategies to ensure that Minnesota becomes state number 32 to pass the marriage amendment.
While polling may predict it’s a long shot, I’m ever hopeful that we can defeat this mean-spirited amendment. I want Minnesota to be remembered as the state that stood on the side of equality; Minnesotans, help make that a reality by voting NO!