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Ventura, wife wade further into marriage debate

Jesse Ventura, the bombastic former Minnesota governor and pro wrestler, has released a relatively toned-down, thoughtful video – he even sheds his familiar scowl for a smile – in which he and long-time wife Terry make a case against the ballot measure that would effectively ban gay marriage in the state.
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Former Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura and his wife of 37 years, Terry, have released a new video (below) in which they speak out against the Minnesota ballot measure that would effectively ban gay marriage.

“How in the world can two people professing how much they love and care for each other, and that they want to be with each other forever – how can that be bad, no matter who you are?” Terry Ventura says.

"The constitution should not be used to oppress people," Jesse Ventura says.

The measure would amend the state constitution to define marriage as between a man and woman, and political rhetoric on both sides is heating up as the November election draws near. A recent poll shows opinions nearly split on the issue.

The video was released in conjunction with Minnesotans United for All Families, which is leading the fight against the measure. Minnesota for Marriage is the group leading the effort to get it passed.

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