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Duluth Firefighter Explains Why She's Disagreeing With Her Union and Voting Yes for Marriage

 

Sara Rowe offers an inspiring testimony for why she's voting yes on the Minnesota Marriage Amendment:

I was among the “contention” at the Local 101 union vote on the marriage amendment that was mentioned in the June 11 story. I chose to vote my conscience, resulting in being made to feel uncomfortable and unaccepted....Wouldn’t it also be nice not to feel bullied at a union meeting? Wouldn’t it be nice to be assured by union leadership that workplace rights will be protected? I was among the “contention” at the Local 101 union vote on the marriage amendment that was mentioned in the June 11 story. I chose to vote my conscience, resulting in being made to feel uncomfortable and unaccepted. Words were said against deeply held beliefs and this nation’s history and law, all a part of who I am. A list was passed around with groups in support of redefining marriage, one of which was false witness of my faith.

I love my union brothers and sisters, but at times their tactics don’t seem right. I work for the citizens; it is a duty and honor to save lives, as mine once was saved by my hero, a Duluth firefighter. I cannot act against my conscience or freedom of speech. Some of my union brothers think my beliefs are harmful and shouldn’t be spoken in public. Love is truth.

...Love between a man and a woman compliments itself, forming posterity by nature and nature’s God. Mothers and fathers, by nature, love their children in differing yet complimentary ways. This foundation should be encouraged by society.

As a Local 101 member and Duluth firefighter, I’ll vote my conscience and vote “yes” on the marriage amendment. -- Duluth News Tribune