In response to a letter that claimed the mean-spirited marriage amendment would “protect” children’s rights to have a mother and father, Stephen Parsons of Minneapolis had something to say about it. I’ve included an excerpt of Parsons’ response below:
It is currently legal for same-sex couples (as well as singles) to adopt, regardless of marital status. The only difference if same-sex marriage were to become the law of the state (which it now is not; and the anti-marriage amendment would not change this) is that those same-sex couples with children could be married. The children in those households would, if anything, benefit as a result of the added stability and commitment that marriage brings to the parents.
To claim that this freedom-limiting amendment “protects” anything is ironic considering the fact that it is actually aimed at limiting the rights of loving committed same-sex couples across the state of Minnesota. The constitution is about protecting the rights of citizens – ALL citizens, not just a subset we vote upon.