Will be voting ‘yes’ for amendment

Regarding Emily Blegen’s letter to the editor dated May 5 regarding gay marriage, I don’t have any letters after my name nor am I affiliated with a political organization.

I am voting yes to amend the Minnesota Constitution to define marriage as the union of one man and one woman in a lifelong, exclusive relationship of loving trust, compassion and generosity, open to the conception of children. I only wish for the courage to proclaim and defend God’s plan for the optimum environment for raising children.

Gays and lesbians can form partnerships and take care of those they love through legal avenues and have the same protections and rights as those who are married. Why do we need to change the definition of marriage? The answer is … we don’t. This amendment simply protects the definition of “marriage” in our Constitution. Marriage does not need to be redefined. It needs to be celebrated, supported and strengthened to protect the “public good” of marriage in society. — Patricia Jones, Elk River