Gay Marriage Issue is Attack on a Minority

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Minnesota State Senator Ron Latz (DFL) urged his fellow legislators last week to “be afraid of the tyranny of the majority” not because the majority doesn’t rule, but because the constitution is there to protect the rights of the minority, even if we disagree with them. Latz says a proposed constitutional amendment that would enshrine religious views in our state constitution is a “political tactic”. Religious freedom, Latz says is for everyone, not just the majority.

Latz joined his fellow Democrats in opposing a proposed constitutional amendment that would ban same-sex marriage in Minnesota. But the legislation was approved by a committee in the Republican-controlled Senate. It must now clear a rules committee before it can be heard on the senate floor. The House version passed today, 10-7, on a party-line vote.

Jacob Wheeler

In addition to shooting videos for The UpTake, Jacob Wheeler is a contributing editor at the progressive political magazine In These Times, publishes the Glen Arbor Sun in his native Michigan, and authored "Between Light and Shadow," a recent book about the Guatemalan adoption industry. Wheeler's stories have appeared in such magazines as the Utne Reader, Earth Island Journal, Rotarian and Teaching Tolerance magazine, and newspapers including the San Francisco Chronicle and Christian Science Monitor. He speaks fluent Spanish, German and Danish.

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