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[Steve Simon (born December 12, 1969] Source: LYBIO.net
We have to be careful about trying to enshrine our beliefs, however religiously valid we may believe theâ€¦them to be, in the Minnesota constitution. And what Iâ€™m hearing today, and what I heard on Friday, was largely a religious justification for change in the Minnesota constitution. I donâ€™t think thatâ€™s right, I donâ€™t think itâ€™s fair, I think it departs from our tradition.
The other thing, which I know makes some people squirm, but I think we have to discuss it, both during an election campaign, but here in the legislature tooâ€¦ is how much of homosexuality is nature, versus nurture. Is this something you learn or acquire? Or is this something you are born with? Is this just another lifestyle choice like skateboarding or gardening, or is this something thatâ€™s innate with the human being.
[Steve Simon] Source: LYBIO.net
And, I – I want to take a page from what I heard last Friday in the senate testimony, there was a member of the clergy, Iâ€¦forgive me I canâ€™t remember his name, and he said â€˜you know what? “Sexuality and sexual orientation are a gift from God.” And I think thatâ€™s true. And I think the scientific evidence show more and more, everyday, that sexuality and sexual orientation are innate, and something that people are born with. And I would ask everyone on this committee, not today, not tomorrow, not next week, not even this year, but in a momentâ€¦uhh.. when you can be alone with your own thoughts, to ask yourself: “if thatâ€™s true, if itâ€™s even possibly true, what does that mean for the moral force of your argument?” Just ask yourself. Not now, in the glare of the capitol, or in caucuses and interest groups, but ask yourself: “if itâ€™s true, that sexual orientation is innate, God-given, then what does it mean to the moral force of your argument?” And I guess that, to put it in the vernacular, what I would ask is: how many more gay people does God have to create before we ask ourselves whether or not God actually wants them around?
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How many gay people does God have to create before we ask ourselves whether the living of their lives the way they wish, as long as they donâ€™t harm others, is a Godly and holy and happy and glorious thing? Iâ€™ve answered that for myself, I donâ€™t think everyone has answered that for themselves, necessarily, in this room. But Iâ€™m comfortable with a society and a sâ€¦uh.. tradition thatâ€¦ that bends towards justice and fairness and wholeness and openness and compassion, and I do think, as others have said before me, more eloquently, that thatâ€™s where the arch of history is bending as well.
And I truly believe that in a generation, maybe not even a generation, but certainly many generations from now: if we pass this, if we put it on the ballot, if this becomes part of our constitution, history will judge us all very, very harshly. Source: LYBIO.net And I think, that the people who vote for this, today and in the future, ummâ€¦ will have aâ€¦wâ€¦will, although their children and grandchildren can, and should be, very proud of them for service to the state of Minnesota, will on this issue, not be so proud. And there may even be some justifiable shame there as well. And I think thatâ€™s something we all have toâ€¦ to think about and justify in our own consciences. So I strongly urge a “No” vote.
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