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Who wins with “yes” vote?

Dear Editor,

If we as a state vote to ban same-sex marriage, who wins?

Minnesotan’s will have an amendment to the state constitution on the ballot that, if passed, would define marriage as between one man and one woman, banning marriage for same-sex couples. If turned down, it wouldn’t legalize same-sex marriage, but rather keep the door open for change in this state.

A Gallup poll approximated that 2 percent of American citizens identify as non-heterosexual. Though there is no accurate number for the number of LGBT members in Minnesota, it is likely close to the national number.

According to the 2010 census, over 13,000 same-sex couples reside in Minnesota — a number that is sure to have increased since.

But that 13,000 plus accounts for approximately 1 percent of all couples in this state. That is what is at stake: 1 percent. It is synonymous with the entire student body of CSB/SJU voting on the rights of 40 students.

If the amendment is passed, who wins? Ninety-nine percent of the state will still have the right to marry and will continue to do so. Religious doctrine will not change or become stronger. No one wins if this amendment is passed. No one is given more opportunity or rights. No one is better off because of it.

If the amendment is turned down, then it is obvious who wins. That 1 percent, over 13,000 couples, will have the opportunity to continue to fight for the same rights that are given to the rest of the state. It won’t give them any more rights, nor take away a single right from anyone else, but simply allow LGBT members in the state of Minnesota to continue their battle for equality.

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