This session the legislature may legalize ticket scalping, and is attempting to legalize the use of pot. I think both of those things are fine, but how do those two things compare to legalizing two men being able to get a marriage contract in terms of their impact on society? Certainly, you can make a reasonable argument that legalized pot and scalping would have a negative impact on society. I've heard the arguments (crime, driving, yada yada) and I don't agree with them, but they're credible. On the other hand, what possible impact, except a positive one, could two men (or women) marrying have on our state.
None of the arguments presented by opponents of gay marriage have come close to making a case for any imaginable negative impact. They have no case. Their "worst" indictment of gay marriage is that it would change things. It WOULD change things. It would end an archaic and irrational system of apartheid and bring happiness and security to thousands of Minnesota families, elevating our state's image around the world...even more than legalized ticket scalping or pot.
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