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Augsburg College joins coalition opposing marriage amendment

Augsburg College, the Lutheran liberal arts college in Minneapolis, has joined the coalition working to defeat the proposed marriage amendment.

The college, with 4,000 students, is now part of Minnesotans United for All Families, which opposes the proposed constitutional amendment that would limit marriage to one man and one woman.

State law already prohibits gay marriage, but supporters of the amendment want it put in the state Constitution, so the Legislature or courts cannot make a change.

Pastor Grant Stevensen, Minnesotans United for All Families faith director, said in a statement:

"Five of the six Minnesota synods of the ELCA in Minnesota already publicly oppose this amendment, and I’m proud to know that Augsburg College — a higher education institution founded on Lutheran teachings recognizes that this amendment unfairly limits the freedoms of both students and religion alike in Minnesota ... Augsburg’s decision today sends a clear signal that people, communities and institutions of faith alike are opposing this amendment because of their faith, not in spite of it."

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