Have you ever wondered how to debate same-gender marriage in a rational way?
Minnesota for Marriage debunks several myths such as:
- Legal experts don't anticipate conflicts if marriage is redefined.
- Churches are really motivated by hatred for gays and lesbians. They say that homosexuality is sinful.
- Canada has recognized same-sex marriage without negative consequences.
- Committed gay and lesbian relationships are just the same as marriage relationships.
- Minnesota's marriage law has no rational basis and only exists because of moral animosity toward gays and lesbians.
- This is a divisive issue. We should be bringing people together rather than dividing.
- We don't need the amendment; we have a Minnesota Supreme Court ruling upholding our marriage law.
- Men and women are the same when it comes to raising children.
- Redefining marriage won't have an impact on anyone else's marriage.
Myth: Massachusetts redefined marriage seven years ago and there haven't been any consequences for society.
Fact: There have been many documented consequences in Massachusetts of marriage being redefined. These include:
Town Clerks were ordered to solemnize same-sex marriages or be fired.
Catholic Charities was forced to abandon facilitating adoptions because they would not abandon their teaching in order to comply with state rules requiring placing children with same-sex couples.
After his six-year old son was exposed to instruction about homosexual relationships in kindergarten, David Parker was arrested for "trespassing" for protesting the instruction. He spent the night in jail and was taken to court in handcuffs. Months later, on the eve of trial, the charges were dropped.
A second grade class in Lexington was subjected to being taught that boys can marry other boys. They were read the book "King & King" in class about a prince who marries another prince and lives happily ever after. When the parents objected, school officials refused to agree to notify them of future instruction of this type.
The parents subsequently sued and the courts ruled they were not entitled to be given notice and had no legal right to opt their children out of such instruction. (Parker v. Hurley)
Third graders in Newton were subjected to being taught by a man undergoing a sex change operation that there are "different types of families." Parents who complained were accused of "inappropriate behavior."
School libraries regularly purchase books promoting same-sex marriage including "Courting Equality" and "King & King."
Hundreds of high schools and even middle schools across the state now hold "gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender appreciation days".
Marriage licenses have been changed to "Party A" and "Party B" rather than "Husband" and "Wife."
A lesbian 8th grade teacher instructed her students on lesbian sex, including the use of sex toys. In an interview with NPR she said that when parents inevitably object, "Give me a break, [same-sex marriage] is legal now."
Is this what Minnesotans want for their state?
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