Marriage needs state protection

To the Editor:

In response to a letter published in the Jan. 8 Record, I have to say that I believe that the Minnesota Marriage Protection Amendment is absolutely necessary. You only have to look to Iowa and New York to see how judges and legislators are working to redefine marriage without the consent of the people.

Here in Minnesota, we have legislators who have introduced legislation to change the definition of marriage from one man and one woman to a genderless institution.  We need to protect — in our constitution — something as foundational to society as marriage so that it requires a vote of the people to change the definition rather than letting activist judges or legislators do that without our consent. — Jennie Zeitler, Royalton