As my blog title says, I'm a housewife. I've been married since June 6, 1999, and I've loved every minute. Hell, I would have wed Matt the moment we met, in November 1997. I just love, LOVE, love marriage! I'm also a stay-at-home mom to two kids. Despite my litany of complaints about them, I am madly in love with them, too. I really, really love kids!
Look at me! I am a PARAGON of good old fashioned American family values. You are not going to find a doll in Minnesota who wrings her skinny plastic wrists and frets about "the children" more than me.
The Minnesota "Family" Council, Minnesota Majority, the National Organization for Marriage (NOM) and like-minded groups are of the opinion that our state needs constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage. Why? Let's read the testimony of Jennifer Morse, a NOMmie who gave this testimony to the Minnesota Senate Judiciary Committee on May 5, 2011:
The essential public purpose of marriage is to attach mothers and fathers to their children and to one another. We can see the importance of this purpose by taking the perspective of the child: What is owed to the child? ....The child’s rights to care and relationship must be supported pro-actively, before harm is done, for those rights to be protected at all.....The same sex partner of a biological parent is never the other biological parent. Rather than attaching children to their biological parents, same sex marriage is the vehicle that separates children from a parent.
In other words, Morse thinks that if you substitute a second Barbie for the Ken in the photo above, you suddenly have two harmed children. Unattached children. Damaged children. HURT children. And NOM's friends, the Minnesota Republican Party, believes that married moms like me, as a rule, will vote in droves to protect these vulnerable sweeties, even if they're made of plastic.
Unfortunately, yes. Barring some last minute dose of reality, Minnesota's 2012 ballot will allow voters to enshrine discrimination into our state's constitution, all in the name of protecting "the children." NOMmers want a culture war, and they're gonna get one, but it won't turn out the way they think.
Not in Minnesota, not ANYWHERE.