Wednesday, 20 June 2012 08:22
Jesse Ventura has never been shy about expressing his opinions, whether it was in the wrestling ring, or when he became Governor
of Minnesota. He's just come out as a straight ally for Marriage Equality as homophobes attempt to pass legislation that would ban it in his state. Postbulletin
has the details:Former Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura said both he and former first lady Terry Ventura have pledged to do whatever they can to help defeat a proposed constitutional amendment that would ban gay marriage."I certainly hope that people don't amend our constitution to stop gay marriage because, number one, the constitution is there to protect people — not oppress them," Ventura said during a recent interview. He will be at the Barnes & Noble at Apache Mall at 7 p.m. today for a book signing.In November, Minnesota voters will decide whether to amend the state's constitution to define marriage as between one man and one woman.Ventura said the issue is personal for him because when he was a professional wrestler he had a friend who was gay who had been with his partner for more than 20 years. When his friend's partner got sick, he was unable to be by his bedside because hospital rules allowed only spouses or next of kin."And because they are not allowed to be married, he's neither. That's cruel," he said.Ventura said he believes the majority should not be able to make decisions about the civil rights of a minority."If you did that, we would still have slavery because the majority isn't going to think about the minority," he said. "You have to have politicians with courage, who will stand up and say this is a civil rights issue, and where do we get off that the government should decide who you should fall in love with and marry?"It was a big week for news on the marriage amendment. Minnesota-based General Mills announced it opposes the marriage amendment. Company leaders say it will be bad for business.Meanwhile, Minnesota for Marriage, a group that supports the amendment, announced the creation of "Lawyers for Marriage." The group is comprised of Minnesota lawyers committed to helping get the amendment passed.