As a resident of a progressively blue state I’m embarrassed by the recent Senate and House vote to place an amendment defining marriage on the ballot in 2012.  Minnesota currently bans gay marriage and unfortunately, the GOP and a few Democrats want to add further insult to the growing GLBT community. This amendment will do nothing to foster good will.  It will send a divisive message to those wanting to live and start a business here that Minnesota only welcomes you if you are straight.  Take heart GLBT community there are many of us who find this amendment insulting, worthless and our vote will be a defining NO.  LA Carlson