It is crucial that Minnesotans of faith explain that they are voting "no" because of their religious beliefs — not in spite of them. We each must have the conversation with everyone we know — friends, family and neighbors alike — about why we oppose this amendment. The truth is that this amendment affects each and every one of us, because it will send a clear signal about what kind of state we want to be.
In general, we Minnesotans are a religious people, spanning an incredibly diverse array of faiths — but what is clear is that no matter what your faith tradition, you are not alone in opposing this amendment. People of faith are called to love and treat our neighbors as we would want to be treated. We should always honor and respect the freedoms of churches to follow their own doctrines, but this amendment would wrongly enshrine one limited interpretation of marriage into our state's Constitution.
The author, Grant Stevensen, is a Lutheran pastor and faith leader of Minnesotans United for All Families, which is working to defeat the marriage amendment. GLAAD continues to support Minnesotans United for All Families.