This will be the only political post I write this fall except for posting the obligatory photo of me with my “I Voted” sticker on Election Day.
I have wrote many times before that this website, our little slice of the world-wide web, is my digital scrapbook for our kids and our way to share stories and photos of the kids to family that lives a day’s drive away. This post is no different. In 5, 10, 15 or 20 years when the kids look back on this blog I want them to know that both their father and I voted for equality. We voted No on the amendment that would write hate and exclusion into Minnesota’s Constitution.
I am not a writer so I will link to an article that best conveys how I feel about this amendment written by Jack Davies a former state senator published in the Star Tribune in early October.
I don’t believe that this is a party issue and I am not the only one. There are “Republicans Vote No” bumper stickers all over the cities. Some people will vote no because they believe that the constitution should not be used to exclude people. Some people will vote no because they believe that love is love no matter if it is between a woman and a man, a man and a man or a woman and a woman.
I am going on record to say that I believe both of those things. The constitution was meant to protect freedoms not limit them and I also whole heartedly believe that love is love. I strongly believe that two women and two men can raise a child just as well as Tim and I can.
As for blending my religious views with that of gay marriage I say this: I am a Christian. I believe in Jesus. I believe in Jesus’ teachings of love. I believe that God loves all things great and small. That is it. God is love and love is love. It may be simple and childlike to boil it down my beliefs to six words “God is love, love is love” but isn’t that what it is all about? Love your neighbour as you love yourself?
I want Michael, Patrick and Elise to know that who ever they fall in love with both their daddy and I support them. I want Michael and Patrick and Elise to know that their dad and mom voted no. We believe that love is love and we believe that the constitution should not limit the freedom to marry.
The only sign we have in our yard is a Vote No sign. And yes, I have the t-shirt and bumper sticker too!