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Molly Christenson, Moorhead, Published April 19 2013

Letter: Freedom to marry important to me

The freedom to marry is important to me as a young woman who has always dreamed of seeing her best friends get married, but cannot until the Minnesota Legislature passed SF925/HF1054. These bills would finally ensure that same-sex couples are treated equally and have the same freedoms as everyone else in Minnesota.

In helping with the “Vote No” campaign in the fall, I was privileged to meet and speak to a wide variety of supporters whose reasons for supporting marriage for same-sex couples are as unique as each individual. The solidarity I found within this group was so strong that even the members I did not know felt almost like family to me.

From my experience, the Marriage Equality movement has been one of love, commitment and acceptance. These are simple, honest values that most of those I know attempt to show in our everyday lives.

The best way for us to create change is to show why we as a community deserve the freedoms we fight for and by still treating those who disagree with us with the kindness we ask for in return. The freedom to marry is both important and personal to me, especially because the majority of my closest friends are part of the LGBT community. I encourage our legislators to support this cause as well. I cannot imagine how many lives will be positively impacted by this legislation, and I’m confident that great things will come of it – for all families and all Minnesotans.