My name is Mitch Azarcon from Rochester, Minn. I work in Rochester Methodist Hospital and a SEIU Healthcare MN member. I am currently out on lost time and was one of the members chosen to do the Team Leader Member Brigade Program.
This coming November as we elect our president and local politicians, Minnesotans are also voting on two constitutional amendments, namely Voter ID and the marriage amendment.
The marriage amendment strikes too close to home for me because I am a lesbian with hopes and aspirations of being able to marry my girlfriend someday and start a family, and what this hurtful amendment will do if it passes is that it will seek to limit the freedom of committed couples in Minnesota to marry.
Marriage to me is about love and commitment and being able to do that with the woman that I love.
Growing up, I had seen how much love and commitment my parents and grandparents had for each other. They remain my role models for they were married till the very end. When my grandfather died, my grandmother passed on shortly thereafter. We all knew that she couldn't continue to live without her best friend. My father had passed on as well, and my mother has never remarried.
The vow of "to have and to hold, from this day forward, for better, for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness and in health, until death do us part," should not be just between a man or a woman. It should be for all committed couples and that includes GLBTQ couples as well.