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Former pro wrestler and Minnesota governor Jesse Ventura defends gay marriage

'Love is by far bigger than government can ever be'

Jesse Ventura is urging voters in Minnesota, the state where he was once  governor, to defeat a November ballot measure that seeks to define marriage as being between one man and one woman.

The former pro wrestling superstar and his wife of 37 years, Terry Ventura, speak eloquently in support of gay marriage in a video posted on YouTube by Minnesotans United for All Families.

'The constitution should not be used to oppress people,' he says in the video. 'The constitution is used to protect people. Love is by far bigger than government can ever be.' He adds: '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. This is not a Democrat issue, this is not a Republican issue… which means it affects each and every one of us regardless of whatever our political persuasion is.' Terry Ventura says in the video: '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.'

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