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Film shares son’s story

October 25, 2012
Fairmont Sentinel

To the Editor:

Philip and I have been blessed beyond measure in our 40 years of marriage. We want all four of our children to have the opportunity to have that same blessing. Our marriage has been the foundation on which we built our family. We don't want to deny that firm foundation to any couple.

The marriage amendment on our ballots is very personal for us. We have a beloved gay son. His name is Jacob. He came out to us 14 years ago when we lived in Mankato. We didn't understand homosexuality when Jacob told us he was gay. We had to educate ourselves.

We visited with a number of psychologists and psychiatrists. We learned it is not a choice. We learned it is simply another sexual orientation. We learned how important it is to love and accept our gay son. We saw first-hand the discrimination Jacob now faced. It set us on a journey as parents to do all we could to bring understanding to this issue.

We shared our story in a documentary film called, "For the Bible Tells Me So." It tells the stories of five Christian families who look to their faith when their child comes out. There are a number of Biblical scholars who speak to the Bible passages that are often used against the gay community. People from across the United States have been deeply moved by this film. It was named by Entertainment Weekly as one of the five films which most changed the world.

"For the Bible Tells Me So" will be shown at St. Martin's Episcopal Church this Sunday evening, Oct. 28th at 6:30 p.m. Philip, Jacob and I will lead a discussion at the end.

Our family wants Jacob to be able to marry when he falls in love. The amendment on our ballot would forever deny that freedom for Jacob. It would be the first time our state constitution would be amended to deny rights to people living in Minnesota.

Philip, Jacob and I look forward to visiting Fairmont and talking with you about the amendment on Sunday evening. We hope you will join us in voting NO on election day.

Randi Reitan

Eden Prairie



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