Wednesday, October 17, 2012

A Look at Minnesota’s Future Without the Marriage Protection Amendment

What follows is a communication I received from the Minnesota for Marriage team. Friends, there is a lot more at stake in this amendment than meets the eye, and we should thus be as educated and prayerful as possible as to how we should vote. 

CANADA: A Look at Minnesota’s Future Without the Marriage Protection Amendment

On Monday, the Minnesota Catholic Conference and Minnesota for Marriage hosted an event featuring The Most Reverend Terrence Prendergast, Archbishop of Ottawa, Ontario; several other prominent Canadians; and legal experts who described the consequences Canada has faced since legalizing same-sex “marriage several years ago.

One of the panelists, Dr. Steve Tourloukis, a Christian father of two from Ontario, described his experience with public education after marriage was redefined: “Education bureaucrats have started referring to themselves as ‘co-parents,’ and administrators in my kids’ school refused to even tell me when my own children would be exposed to same-sex ‘marriage.’ How can this be happening in a democratic country?”

Damian Goddard, a former prominent Canadian sportscaster lost his career simply because he tweeted out his support for traditional marriage: “That day, I was a high-profile, 6-figure earning, tv anchor for one of Canada’s leading sports broadcasters. Twenty-four hours later, my career and everything I had been working towards had been smashed on the rocks of political correctness. I was fired on the spot. And looking back, I don’t regret a thing and would do it again. I choose not be fearful of the truth. And that truth is this—society needs to uphold marriage, and children need to be upheld by their mother and father.”

Phil Lees spent 29 years as a Canadian educator and experienced firsthand the change in curriculum after Canada redefined marriage: “It is critical that the people of Minnesota understand that if same-sex marriage is legalized, the new law will require that public schools teach this new definition of marriage and will not accommodate those people, who - for personal, moral, cultural or religious reasons - sincerely disagree that people of the same-sex can marry each other.

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