Marilyn Carlson Nelson is Chairman of Carlson Companies, one of the largest privately held companies in the world. Forbes magazine has also regularly selected her as one of "the World's 100 Most Powerful Women." So when she wrote a Star Tribune commentary on the Minnesota constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage that will be on the 2012 ballot, her words were profound. Even though it is somewhat long, be sure to read the article to the end where she makes a startling revelation. We definitely need more leaders of her caliber, and with her sensitivity, to stand up and speak out.