City Council unanimously opposes proposed marriage amendment

The Minneapolis City Council voted unanimously Friday, Feb. 10 to oppose a proposed state constitutional amendment that would ban marriage for same-sex couples in Minnesota. Mayor R.T. Rybak will sign the measure, which also urges Minnesotans to vote “no” on the amendment this November.

As part of today’s action, the mayor and City Council approved a resolution voicing the City’s opposition to the proposed amendment. The resolution notes that Minneapolis’ support for equal rights goes back decades. In 1991, Minneapolis became the first city in Minnesota to approve a domestic partnership registry, and that since that time, an average of more than 160 couples a year have registered their domestic partnerships in the city.

The 2011, the Minnesota legislature voted to place the following question on the Nov. 6, 2012 election ballot: “Shall the Minnesota Constitution be amended to provide that only a union of one man and one woman shall be valid or recognized as a marriage in Minnesota?”

If the measure is approved, the state constitution would be amended to add a new section that reads; “Only a union of one man and one woman shall be valid or recognized as a marriage in Minnesota.”
 

Published Feb. 10, 2012