Jesse Ventura defends gay marriage

Former Minnesota governor Jessie Ventura says he will do whatever he can to help defeat the proposed constitutional amendment that would ban gay marriage. His fervor for the issue stems from his pro wrestling days.

"I certainly hope that people don't amend our constitution to stop gay marriage because, No. 1, the constitution is there to protect people, not oppress them," Ventura told the Post Bulletin.

In November, Minnesota voters will decide whether the constitution should be amended to define marriage as being between one woman and one man.

The issue of gay marriage is close to Ventura's heart, he said, because when he was a pro wrestler one of his friends who was gay had been with his partner for more than 20 years. When the partner got sick, the friend was not able to visit his bedside because the hospital would only allow spouses and family members.

"And because they are not allowed to be married, he's neither," Ventura said. "That's cruel."

"You have to politicians with courage, who will stand up and say this is a civil rights issue," Ventura continued. "Where do we get off that the government should decide who you should fall in love with and marry?"

See also:
-- Jesse Ventura loves puns, doesn't like Democrats, Republicans, or third parties

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