North Mankato City Council asked to oppose marriage amendment

The North Mankato City Council was asked to formally oppose the proposed marriage amendment, like a dozen other cities in Minnesota have, but took no action Monday night.

And it appears the Rochester City Council won’t take up a motion opposing the amendment.

The Mankato Free Press says that two people made emotional pleas to the council to go on the record against the proposal, which would insert into the state constitution wording that marriage is only between a man and a woman.

But the council members weren’t visibly moved, the paper says:

None of the five council members expressed any eagerness to join the Mankato City Council and a dozen other councils around Minnesota who decided to weigh in on the controversial topic that has split Minnesota’s voters.

The matter will now be put on the Oct. 1 city agenda, with a possible public hearing held Oct. 15, the last council meeting before the election.

In Rochester, the Post-Bulletin reports that even though Mayor Ardell Brede, has publicly opposed the amendment, he’s decided not to bring a motion to the city council.

“I know part of the council would be against (the amendment), but I’m certain we wouldn’t get 100 percent. And that would make a statement that could give credence to those working in favor of the amendment,” Brede said.

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