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Mankato City Council votes to oppose marriage amendment

The Mankato City Council voted 4-1 Monday night, making it the 12th city in the state to go on record against the proposal.

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.

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“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.