Morris Gildemeister of Hastings, MN on the clear and present danger to marriage in states without Marriage Protection Amendments:
"...Our neighboring state of Iowa provides an excellent example of why marriage should be defined as between a man and woman in the state constitution, as the amendment up for a vote this fall would provide.
Iowa legislators passed a law in 1998 defining marriage as between a man and woman, similar to the law presently on the books in Minnesota.
But in 2005 a lawsuit was brought on behalf of same-sex couples stating that the existing law violated the equal protection clause of the state constitution. A district court ruled in favor of the same sex couples and later the state Supreme Court upheld the district court ruling. Today same-sex marriage is legal in Iowa.
A similar scenario is likely in Minnesota unless the state constitution is amended to define marriage as between a man and woman.
Anyone who believes children are best nurtured in a setting which includes both a man and woman must vote “Yes” on the proposed constitutional amendment this fall. Again, remember not voting on the amendment is counted as a “No” vote." -- Hastings Star Gazette