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A vote on marriage

Posted: April 23, 2013 - 9:21pm

There should be no question whether our
local legislators will vote against the pending legislation that
essentially eliminates any meaningful definition of marriage. Of the 87
counties in Minnesota, 75 voted to preserve the true understanding of
marriage in the constitution. The 12 counties voting against the
amendment were Blue Earth, Cook, Dakota, Hennepin, Nicollet, Olmsted,
Ramsey, Rice, Scott, St. Louis, Washington, and Winona. More than half
of those who voted “no” or who left the question blank were from the
four metropolitan counties of Dakota, Hennepin, Ramsey and Washington.

Minnesota
has 67 legislative districts. Each district has one senator and two
representatives. Thus we have 67 senators and 134 representatives.

Districts
1 through 35 encompass outstate Minnesota. Twenty-six of those 35
senators and 54 of those 70 representatives represent districts that
voted in favor of the
marriage amendment. Those include Sen. Tom Saxhaug (05, DFL), Sen. Paul
Gazelka (09, R), Sen. Carrie Ruud (10, R), Rep. John Persell (05A,
DFL), Rep. John Anzelc (05B, DFL), Rep. Mark Anderson (09A, R), Rep.
Ron Kresha (09B, R), Rep. John Ward (10A, DFL), and Rep. Joe Radinovich
(10B, DFL).

Local senators and representatives – your
constituents have given you a clear directive to vote against SF 925
and HF 1054. You should have no uncertainty. Regardless of your
personal feelings or your political ambitions, you were elected to
represent us and to be our voice in the legislature. Remember that when
you’re getting bullied and beat up by your big-city colleagues in St.
Paul.

Please contact your senator and your representative –
whether it is by letter, e-mail, tweet, text message, phone call,
and/or personal visit – and remind them that they owe a duty to us,
their constituents, and that they will fulfill that duty by voting
against SF 925 and HF 1054.

Rocky Wells

Baxter