I’m Voting No because. . .

We all have our reasons around how we are going to vote in regard to MN’s Marriage Amendment vote. I certainly hope if you are reading this that you are going to vote no.

Here are my reasons why I am voting no:

I love my friends for who they are as individuals, not because of their sexual orientation.

I adore Matt because who else would whoop it up on the dance floor with me to a little Mariah Carey or Whitney Houston? I have never met someone who is more driven and has such a wonderfully big heart. It gives me joy to call him my friend and every time I see him, my entire heart smiles. I can only hope one day, when he meets the man of his life, that he will be able to have his fairy tale wedding here in Minnesota, and I can sob like a baby as he gets married.

Ryan. Who else will come over, drink a bottle of wine with me while I go on and on about the stupidity that is my love life? I may not see Ryan every day and sometimes months goes by without me seeing him, but he is no different than a straight man. He wants to love, be loved and quite frankly, I need to help plan his wedding right here in his hometown in MN. He makes the world a better place with his laughter and his spirit for life. Also, who else will have dance parties in courtyards with me?

And apparently, I have a lot of Ryans in my life. The other Ryan who has captured my heart – well we travel all around the WORLD – okay, the Twin Cities and eat Poutine. It’s our thing. Ryan is kind of like my soul-mate  We have spent hours talking about business, life, love and everything in between. I don’t want to live in a world where he doesn’t get to marry the man he loves.

What can I even say about Jason? Jason, you cray. Just kidding. Jason is one my favorite people in the world. No one makes me laugh as hard as he does. No one celebrates birthdays and welcomes people into his life much like Jason does. There is no limit on what I would do for Jason. He is a kind human being with a ginormous heart and as I have told him before – I will plan his wedding and I will be like Monica on friends. No detail will go unnoticed.

This amendment becomes more real when we put names, stories and faces to it. All these men in my life love just like my friends who are heterosexual and probably more. They are men with big hearts and even more? They are just like you. They wake up in the morning and go to work – just like you. They feel things – good, bad, and the ugly. Just like you.

They should have the right to get married – JUST LIKE YOU.

I want  to remind you what the amendment does: the amendment simply allows for conversations to continue to happen. If the amendment does not pass, same-sex marriage is still illegal in the state of MN. By allowing this amendment to pass – we would be saying in the Minnesota Constitution that marriage is only allowable between a man and a woman.

So remember to get out to the polls on November 6 and Vote NO on this amendment and remember my friends as you vote for you would love and adore them as much as I do.