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LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Reframing the marriage debate

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Jeffrey T. Kuhner is spot-on in explaining the so-called same-sex-marriage deception being foisted upon Americans ("Obama's homosexual America," Commentary, May 11).

As the words continue to flow in Minnesota to prepare us here for the pending pro-marriage amendment vote in November, we keep saying what marriage is not rather than what it is. I fear the battle is being lost in the wording, and I sense Minnesota will be the first state to deny the definition of marriage as between one man and one woman by direct vote instead of legislative or judicial fiat.

If we continue to use soft, familiar words, we risk becoming comfortable with the words and failing to teach the true nature of the act behind them. Somehow we have to change the argument from one of "equality and fairness" to one of "difference and redefinition," allowing recognition of proper order and distinction between behaviors. There is nothing equal about marriage and same-sex unions. We have so little time to make people understand as much.


St. Paul, Minn.

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