Quarter-page "paid advertisement" in today's Minneapolis StarTribune:
"Set aside the proposed Marriage Ammendment.
"We are pastors, rabbis, seminary professors and other religious leaders in Minnesota."
Has everyone spotted the fun phrase so far? It's "other religious leaders." 261 people are listed. Only 12 actually state their leadership credentials: the rabbis.
Actually I'm not sure what "My-O" means. One Zen Buddhist is listed, My-O Habermas-Scher. That could be a clerical rank.
I don't see any shamans.
But let us continue.
"We are disturbed by the bitterness and lack of kindness that has emerged in our State by the proposals for a Constitutional Amendment which would ban marriages, civil unions or legal equivalents between persons of the same gender."
Sigh. I know no one's listening, but damn it, "gender" is a grammatical term. "Gender" is for nouns. People have a "sex." One of two, usually.
"It is unconscionable that we would amend our State Constitution to take away the rights of any group of people."
Note to copywriter: you cannot "take away" something no one possesses. There is no "right" to same sex marriage in Minnesota. So no one can take it away. See?
"We believe that primary relationships between people are important and should be encouraged, not put down."
"Put down"? Well hello, 1972! Long time no see! Groovy bellbottoms, man! Wanna get high?
"We believe God calls us to love and care for each other."
And have as much sex as possible with as many -- oh, sorry. I got carried away by the sentiment.
"We ask our Minnesota legislators to set their minds on bringing fairness and justice to all people in Minnesota, regardless of sexual orientation."
"Fairness and justice." And they're talking about marriage. Good Lord.