Jeff Davis, the president of Minnesota Majority, writes in the Star Tribune:
... there's nothing bigoted about preserving marriage as the union of one man and one woman. Marriage is a unique institution that brings men and women together. Only the sexual union of men and women can produce children.
Whatever one thinks about homosexual relationships, none of them can produce children. It is in the state's interest to channel the unique sexual energy of men and women into marriage so that any children produced by those sexual relationships have the best opportunity to be raised by a married mother and father.
... Bishop Bob Battle, a veteran of the civil-rights movement, recently testified at a hearing on the Minnesota marriage amendment bill that "gay marriage advocates have attempted to hijack the civil-rights movement and make same-sex marriage into a civil right. I know what civil rights are, and this is not one of them."
The [Star Tribune's] editorial blithely claims that homosexual marriage will have no impact on anyone in Minnesota outside of the same-sex couples involved. Yet legal experts on both sides of the divide agree that the issue has profound impacts on society.
... To the extent that civil rights are at all involved in the marriage debate, it is because the right to vote is our most important civil right, as the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. once famously observed.
It's time to have a vigorous debate about same-sex marriage. It's time to let the people vote.