We were founded on the best principles available to men: All People are created equal. We may fail sometimes, because we are only human, but America has always tried to do the right thing for her citizens and for the rest of the world. That is what makes us different, and occasionally strong.
Constitutions are the guiding principles we live by. Laws are the interpretation of that constitution. We have a judiciary system that can be asked to dispassionately consider whether a law is unconstitutional. If the law is found to be against our founding principles of equality and justice for all, the judiciary can say so. If people and lawmakers disagree with the judiciary, they can make a new law. And so it goes; our guiding principles inform our laws which regulate our lives.
Right now we come again to a time of decision. Laws can be right or wrong. Time and public opinion slowly test and shape those laws; but a constitution defines us as a people. I urge all my fellow Minnesotans to consider this question carefully.
I, for one, do not want to discriminate against someone’s father or mother, brother or sister, daughter or son, friend or neighbor. I leave that to the laws of our land, and their interpretation. In the hope and promise that our constitution will retain our most inspiring principles: that all men are created equal, The June free class will be the Promise Scarf. I invite you to join me.