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The Minnesota Marriage Amendment Will Probably Pass. Here’s Why.

August 24, 2012

People who support it don’t know what it is.



I’m not kidding. There are people in this state who are planning to vote “yes” on the Minnesota Marriage Amendment without even knowing what it is. They have an idea, of course. They have the vague knowledge that it’s about gay marriage. The problem is that they think that the Amendment up for vote in the November election is to legalize gay marriage.



I know these people exist because I actually talked with one of them this week.



I was on the road at my new job with my trainer. He was a nice guy but really, really conservative. Like, all over the board. Socially, fiscally, the whole package. As some of you regular readers know I’m really, really liberal. We talked politics for a bit but were able to keep it civil. Making our points and respecting (but not agreeing) to the other person’s opinions. I get into so many ranting political arguments on the internet that I’ve almost forgotten what it’s like to have some polite debate.



He did fuck with me a little. He made me listen to Rush Limbaugh as a joke (but also because he wanted to listen to Rush Limbaugh) and we all know how I feel about him. During the local station’s little two minute news segment the reporter said something about how Augsburg College is officially opposing the Minnesota Marriage Amendment and how they’re the first college in the state to take a stance yada yada gay panic. Here’s the conversation we had that followed hearing that story.



TRAINER: A college taking a stance on gay marriage. That’s messed up.



ME: Hey, good for them. This whole “kick ’em while they’re down” amendment is messed up, anyway.



TRAINER:“Kick ’em when they’re down”? Alright, you probably know how I feel about all of this (the subject of gay rights came up in conversation a few times and he didn’t state his opinion, probably out of concern of being viewed as intolerent. He did, however, say things like “well, I’m a Christian so…” or “well, I’m a conservative so you probably know what I think about that”) but what are you talking about?



ME:This whole amendment is just about making gay marriage “super illegal”.



TRAINER:Super illegal?



ME:Yeah, this vote isn’t even about legalizing gay marriage.



TRAINER:Wait, what?



ME:Yeah. Gays can’t get married in Minnesota. When I went to get the marriage certificate with my wife, there was a thing at the bottom that said “is one of you a chick and one of you a dude?” The wording was a little more official but yeah, it’s already illegal to get gay married in MN. This vote is on whether or not to change the state’s constitution to say that gays can’t get married. So, it’s already legal but if this passes it will still be illegal and hey, fuck you, queers.



TRAINER:Really?



ME:Yep. If this doesn’t pass, gay marriage will still be illegal.



TRAINER:Huh. That is really a kick ’em when they’re down thing, huh?


I didn’t press the issue past that. I’m not about to change some hardcore conservative’s views, I’m the new guy at work so I don’t want to get into an argument with my trainer and frankly, I was surprised that I got him listening and thinking about the whole thing.



Here’s the kicker. This guy isn’t an idiot. I’m not about to follow him around with a notebook writing down his quotes but he is by no means stupid. He’s just a regular guy and he thought that this vote was to legalize gay marriage in Minnesota when it really isn’t.



He can’t be alone. How many other people in this state have the same ideas about this vote?



Shit, maybe instead of yelling at people I don’t agree with I should try to have a conversation with them.



There has to be a less confusing slogan than this one.

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8 Comments leave one →
  1. hellziggy permalink
    August 24, 2012 11:37 am

    Luckily anyone who doesn’t choose either yes or no will be counted as a no so let’s hope the apathetic outnumber the misinformed. 🙂

  2. Rilla permalink
    August 24, 2012 11:57 am

    I’ve explained it to more than one person. I have 2 bumper stickers on my car about the issue. Not that it will change anybodies mind, but a girl can dream.

  3. Rilla permalink
    August 24, 2012 11:58 am

    “Your comment is awaiting moderation.” But, I am a moderate….really…

  4. Erica permalink
    August 24, 2012 12:34 pm

    I had the same exact conversation with a coworker last night. She said she didn’t care either way, that she had gay friends, but wasn’t concerned with if they get married or not. I had to reply, but you are married, so if you don’t care, and you want them to have a chance in the future to possibly have the same right, vote no, because voting no won’t even give them the right to get married anyway…just not make it much harder in the future.

  5. Eryc permalink
    August 24, 2012 6:23 pm

    But ultimately, this IS about getting gays the right to marry. Letting Conservatives off easy now just postpones the inevitable. This IS a mandate on gays in America, whether it is worded as such or not. The tide is turning against the anti-gay crusaders and they want this amendment to extend their influence into the future. If the amendment passes, it will be repealed in a few years as the Boomers start dying off.

  6. August 25, 2012 9:16 pm

    Man, it’s almost like you were channeling Jesus…

  7. Marrissa permalink
    August 26, 2012 8:48 pm

    Just when I thought conservatives couldn’t be anymore intolerant….making an amendment to DOUBLE making gay marriage illegal….Did I mention how much I can’t stand Republicans???? Because I really, REALLY can’t. >:O

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