Jesse Ventura campaigns against anti-gay marriage amendment

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Jesse Ventura, the former pro wrestler who was governor of Minnesota from 1999 to 2003, has joined the campaign opposing a proposed constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriage in his state. The state already prevents same-sex marriage by law.

“The constitution should not be used to oppress people,” says the governor in a video that was posted on YouTube yesterday by Minnesotans United for All Families. He’s joined in the video with his wife of 37 years, Terry Ventura. Together, they urge Minnesotans to vote “no” in November.

“Love is by far bigger than government can ever be,” Ventura says. “Government should not be telling people to fall in love with … to cohabit with. We’re supposed to be the home of the brave, land of the free.”’

"What if one day someone decided to take what’s really important to you and put it on a bill and try to get it to change the constitution so that you could never even have a chance to get it back?” asks Terry Ventura in the video.

According to a recent survey conducted by Public Policy Polling, the amendment is\supported by 48 percent of voters and opposed by 47 percent. But the supporters of such measures generally turn out at the polls in far greater numbers than the opponents.