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Protect the rights of the individual by voting NO on the marriage amendment

Government's job isn't to make people unhappy and violate the rights of churches by opposing marriage equality. Protect the right of the individual and our Constitution by voting NO.

Chick-Fil-A has done nothing wrong by voicing its opinion against marriage equality. Every person (or a company, which is technically also a person) has the right to believe what he or she chooses to and, more importantly, put their money where their mouth is. Money is a form of speech, and Chick-Fil-A has every right to monetarily support traditional marriage. However, Chick-Fil-A is wrong in its opinion (in my opinion, that is.)

First, it isn’t government’s business to make people unhappy. Two individuals that love each other cannot be content without the legal recognition of their commitment to each other. In fact, restricting the happiness of 10% of Americans is a form of tyranny.

Second, by not allowing a church to marry same-sex couples, the government is violating the First Amendment by dictating the ceremonies of that church. Government should allow each religion and each denomination to make the choice itself whether or not to wed same-sex couples. Most importantly, the federal government has no right to dictate marriage policy, as one could determine by reading the Tenth Amendment.

Third, America is progressing. Social conservatives once stood only for the white, straight, Christian male. As time goes on, more Americans will understand the humanity and common sense of allowing any two individuals who love each other to share wedding rings.

I am not against Chick-Fil-A, rather I disagree with it. I hope people respect each others opinions, but I desire for people to step with me into the 21st century by supporting marriage equality. I hope you make a stand for the individual’s rights as given by our Republic by voting NO on the marriage amendment in the 2012 Minnesota ballot.

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