Former Minnesota Governor Jesse Ventura
is calling on voters to reject a proposed constitutional amendment
which would ban gay marriage in the state.
Ventura and his wife of 37 years,
Terry, make their plea in a 2-minute video released Friday by
Minnesotans United for All Families, the coalition of groups working
to defeat the amendment on November 6.
“Love is by far bigger than
government can ever be,” Jesse says in the spot.
“How in the world can two people
professing how much they love and care for each other and that they
want to be with each other forever – how can that be bad? No
matter who you are,” Terry says.
“This is not a Democrat issue, this
not a Republican issue, this is not a liberal issue, it's not a
conservative issue. Which means it affects each and every one us.
Regardless of whatever our political persuasion is,” Jesse
“What if one day, someone decided to
take what's really important to you and put in on a bill and try to
get it to change our constitution. So that you could never even have
a chance to get it back. If you look at it in that context, how
important is it to you? If you don't stand up for their rights, you
lose some of your rights too,” Terry adds. (The video is embedded
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divided on gay marriage ban.)