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Mankato City Council votes to oppose marriage amendment

The Mankato City Council voted 4-1 Monday night to oppose the marriage amendment that will be on the Nov. 6 state-wide ballot.

Mayor Eric Anderson voted against the resolution, and two council members abstained.

Opponents of the amendment say Mankato is the 12th Minnesota city to formally oppose passage of the proposed amendment, which, if passed, would limit marriage to one man and one woman.

The council majority said it was a human rights decision, says the Mankato Free Press.

“We need to take a stand and let all people know that we’re an open and accepting city,” Council Member Tamra Rovney said.

Before the vote, 43 citizens spoke on the matter at a public hearing, which lasted nearly two and a half hours. The debate was civil, with speakers on both sides, the paper said.

Comments (2)

  1. Submitted by Randi Reitan on 08/14/2012 - 11:20 am.

    Thank you, Mankato City Council!

    Phil and I attended the meeting. I will never forget it. I wish every community could experience a night like last night. For over two hours, we listened to testimony that was heartfelt on both sides of the issue. The Mankato City Council should be applauded for how they handled this meeting. I hope other cities follow their lead.

  2. Submitted by Jean Lovett on 08/14/2012 - 04:40 pm.

    Thank Mankato City Council!!

    I am very proud to be a citizen of Mankato, especially after Monday’s vote by the Council. The Council voted to approve a resolution opposing the anti-marriage amendment that we all will be voting on in November. This was just a resolution approval – there were no legal ramifications to this vote.
    Thank you to the council members who allowed this public discussion to happen and who voted to approve this resolution – you were bold and courageous in the face of an opposition that I feel doesn’t fully understand. I believe it’s very bad for the State of Minnesota to govern with a constitutional amendment that would forever discriminate against a GLBT minority population. This is especially important when the whole country is rapidly learning and changing its attitudes about gays and lesbians who are in loving and committed relationships.
    Let us continue to have respectful conversations as was exhibited Monday night. I encourage everyone to have conversations with their friends, families, neighbors, co-workers etc. I hope someday we can all understand that love should not be voted on or compromised – to do so diminishes the soul.
    Standing on the side of love, I will vote NO on the amendment this fall.

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