On November 6, Minnesota voters will decide via constitutional amendment how the institution of marriage will be defined in our state. This is an emotional issue for many as, on one side, most of us have family or neighbors who are gay, while on the other side, God’s Word is clear that He designed marriage to be an exclusive covenant of most intimate companionship and fidelity between one man and one woman for life (Gen 1:26-28; 2:18-25; Matt 19:3-10).
Many people see this issue as simply two loving friends being able to freely marry, regardless of their gender. At stake is much more: the redefinition of society’s most foundational building block along with innumerable social and legal consequences. In most schools and workplaces, freedom of religion, conscience, or speech already feels suppressed when this or other moral issues arise in the break room or hallway; many of us are reluctant to broach topics like this without fear of being labeled, misunderstood, censured, or facing more serious reprisals. A significant and growing body of case law and corporate protocol reveals that if the definition of marriage is not protected, individuals and institutions (e.g., businesses, schools) who believe that marriage is between one man and one woman will be increasingly penalized merely for holding or acting on their heartfelt beliefs.