Duluth City Council to debate state gay marriage ban

Tonight the Duluth City Council will consider a resolution to oppose the proposed state constitutional amendment coming up for a state-wide vote next November. If passed, the amendment would ban gay marriage.

The proposed Duluth resolution against the amendment has much opposition on the council, but it’s on the agenda as one of the last acts in office of Council Member Jeff Anderson, who’s leaving the council to run for Congress, the Duluth News Tribune said.

Council Member Jim Stauber wanted to delay the action because of the busy agenda, including final adoption of the 2012 budget, but Council President Sharla Gardner deferred to Anderson’s desire to discuss it while he’s still on the council.

Council Member Todd Fedora strongly opposes the resolution, saying recently: “It has nothing to do with the city of Duluth.” Another council member accused Anderson of showboating.

But Gardner said many Duluth residents are concerned about next year’s statewide vote on the matter. 

“We’re the third-largest city in the state, and we’ve traditionally taken the lead on a lot of social issues,” Gardner said

Anderson said at a Thursday hearing: “I respect and understand the point of view of some councilors on these types of resolutions. I will speak Monday about why I feel these issues should be considered.”

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  1. Submitted by Derrick Schluck on 12/21/2011 - 12:16 pm.

    Anderson and Stauber are both more then likely using this issue to set up future runs at larger office. Anderson is already challenging for the DFL 8th primary and Stauber’s comments during the vote clearly aline him with the conservative GOP roots and his belief that personally he only defines marriage as a union between and man and woman.

    “We’re the third-largest city in the state, and we’ve traditionally taken the lead on a lot of social issues,” Do we really want to dig into Duluth’s past on these issues?

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