Marriage amendment proposal introduced

| April 27, 2011 | 1 Comment

A proposal was to be introduced in the Minnesota Senate April 26 that, if passed by both state houses, would place a constitutional amendment regarding marriage on the ballot in November 2012.

If approved by voters, the Minne­sota Constitution would define marriage as a union between one man and one woman.

A file number for the bill was not available when this edition of The Catholic Spirit went to press.

Jason Adkins, executive director of the Minnesota Catholic Con­fer­ence, the public policy voice of the church in Minnesota, said the purpose of marriage is to ensure the well-being of children and, as a result, properly nurture the next generation of society.

“Reason, science and experience all show that children need a mother and a father,” he said in a statement. “Same-sex marriage always denies a child either a mother or a father.”

Adkins said that over the last few years, bills have been introduced in the Legislature aimed at changing the definition of marriage in Min­ne­sota.

“The people of Minnesota should have the opportunity to preserve an institution that pre-dates government and has been a bedrock of society for thousands of years.”

To view the MCC’s “Marriage Amendment Resource Page,” visit http://mncc.org/issues/marriage.

For updates on the legislative proposal, visit mncc.org and TheCatholicSpirit.com.

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  • Jim_koepke

    Marriage has been accepted for thousands of years as between a man and a woman. Seems like it doesn’t make sense to re-define it based on the demands of a vocal minority.