Minnesota for Marriage
The debate over the definition of marriage has unfolded across America and at the federal level for the past several years, and is the subject of the proposed amendment on the November 2012 ballot to preserve marriage in Minnesota. Right now, attempts are being made in Minnesota’s courts and in the Legislature to redefine marriage or eliminate it altogether. If activist judges or politicians were to succeed in redefining marriage in Minnesota in the future, there would be profound consequences for religious organizations, individuals, and small businesses—and for society itself.
The Minnesota Marriage Minute videos linked to below represent an ongoing dialogue with Minnesota voters hosted by veteran news anchor Kalley Yanta. The educational videos are designed to provide viewers with important information about the marriage amendment, why it’s necessary and what it will accomplish. The videos are in a question and answer format and will be released on a weekly basis. The Marriage Minute series is a great resource for understanding the proposed Marriage Protection Amendment and equipping you to speak about the amendment.
Marriage Minute Episode #1
Marriage Minute Episodes:
Episode #1 – What is the Marriage Protection Amendment?
Episode #2 – Why is the amendment being pursued now?
Episode #3 – Is there a clear and present threat to marriage in Minnesota?
Episode #4 – Why is marriage worth preserving?
Episode #5 – What is the common good of marriage?
Episode #6 – Is the Marriage Protection Amendment anti-gay?
Episode #7 – Isn’t Marriage Just About Loving and Committed Relationships?
Episode #8 – How would redefining marriage impact your own marriage?
Episode #9 – Does the marriage amendment ban “gay marriage?”
Episode #10 – Isn’t gay marriage just a different expression of the same marriage institution we have always known?
Episode #11 – Why should the law interfere with personal decisions? No one can tell me who I have the right to love.
Episode #12 – If marriage is really about procreation, then why do we allow infertile couples, senior citizens and others who cannot conceive enter into marriage but not same sex couples?
Episode #13 – Won’t the Marriage Protection Amendment damage Minnesota’s economy because gays and lesbians will shun our state?
Episode #14 – Isn’t it true that children don’t really need a mom and a dad – Any two loving parents will do?
Episode #15 – Isn’t it true that men and women are basically the same when it comes to raising children?
Episode #16 – I have read that there are a growing number of LGBT in society and that Americans are supportive of gay marriage. Is this true?
Episode #17 – Shouldn’t marriage be redefined to accommodate the growing number of children of gay and lesbian couples?
Episode #18 – Aren’t committed gay and lesbian relationships just the same as marriage relationships?
Episode #19 – Isn’t it wrong for churches to be involved in the campaign? What about separation of church and state?
Episode #20 – Aren’t churches really motivated by hatred for gays and lesbians? They say that homosexuality is a sin.
Episode #21 – Is it true that Minnesota’s marriage law has no rational basis and only exists because of moral animosity toward gays and lesbians?
Episode #22 – Shouldn’t churches be free to define their own religious marriages but stay out of how civil marriage is decided?
Episode #23 – Is putting traditional marriage in the constitution the same as imposing moral and religious views on society?
Episode #24 – I have heard people talk about same-sex marriage interfering with ‘Religious liberty’ principles. What does that mean?
Episode #25 – What do legal experts on both sides of the same-sex marriage debate say about conflicts that would occur if marriage is redefined?
Episode #26 – What kind of issues would small business owners face if marriage is redefined?
Episode #27 – What kind of issues would professionals face if marriage is redefined?
Episode #28 – What kind of issues would children face if marriage is redefined?
Episode #29 – Massachusetts redefined marriage seven years ago. Have there been any consequences because of it?
Episode #30 – Canada has recognized gay marriage for many years. What has occurred there?
Episode #31 – Shouldn’t the government get out of the business of regulating marriage and leave it to adults to decide marriage for themselves?
Episode #32 – Would passage of the Marriage Protection Amendment end the ongoing conversation that our state is engaged in concerning the appropriate definition of marriage in Minnesota?
Episode #33 – What are the benefits to children of having a mom and a dad who are married to each other?
Episode #34 – Children raised by a same-sex parent are significantly worse off compared to those raised by their traditionally married parents.
Episode #35 – Reviewing the Need for the Minnesota Marriage Protection Amendment.
Episode #36 – Will the Marriage Protection Amendment Be Damaging to the Minnesota Economy?
Episode #37 – Are People Turning Against Marriage?
Episode #38 – Voting “Yes” on Marriage Starts this Week!
Episode #39 – The Slippery Slope When Marriage is Redefined
Episode #40 – A look at Consequences: Pastors, Religious Groups and People of Faith.
Episode #41 – A Look at Consequences: Canada
Episode #42 – A Look at Consequences: EUROPE
Episode #43 – A Look at Consequences: KIDS
Episode #44 – What We Believe
Episode #45 – No Impact on Rights & Benefits
Episode #46 – Vote YES November 6!
Helpful Websites and Resources:
- Minnesota for Marriage
- Unique for a Reason
- USCCB – FAQs about the Defense of Marriage
- The Ruth Institute – Blog
- National Organization for Marriage – Talking Points
- What is Marriage? – Harvard Journal of Law and Public Policy, 2010