Mpls, St. Paul, and Duluth city councils come out against marriage amendment

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Minnesota's big cities are united in opposition to the marriage amendment, but it's a different story outstate.
The cities of Minneapolis, St. Paul, and Duluth have all come out against the constitutional amendment banning gay marriage that will go before Minnesota voters this November.

Last night, the St. Paul City Council (minus Council Member Dan Bostrom, who was absent) unanimously approved a resolution stating that the city council joins "a broad coalition of organizations, community and business leaders, faith, labor, progressive and nonpartisan organizations; communities of color; and current and former elected officials" all of whom have come together to defeat the amendment.

The Duluth City Council passed a similar resolution in last month, as did the Minneapolis City Council's Committee of the Whole earlier today.

While three of the state's four largest cities are now in the open about their opposition to the amendment, a Star Tribune poll from November indicates that the state is evenly divided between those who support banning gay marriage and those who don't.

The poll found that 48 percent of Minnesotans favor the amendment, which asks voters whether only a union of one man and one woman shall be valid or recognized as a marriage in Minnesota, compared to 43 percent who oppose it. But since the margin of error was 4.4 percent, the split might be even closer than the poll indicates.

The Strib writes that "significant majorities of older voters, Republicans, voters with no college education and Minnesotans living outside of the metropolitan area support the amendment... [while] significant majorities of younger voters, Democrats, college-educated and metro-area voters oppose the amendment."

In other words, voters in areas where gays actually live don't have a problem with them having the same marriage rights straight couples enjoy, while voters in places bereft of gays don't want them to be able to tie the knot. Go figure.

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Diane
Diane

If Welfare-baby-making single black mamas can get welfare and EBT, why shouldn't gay men and women be allowed to marry?  Most of the gay men and women that I know are productive members of society.  They pay taxes, do not commit crimes against their fellow man/woman, respect and appreciate the heterosexual lifestyle, and are generally fun-loving people to be around.

Black welfare mamas on the other hand, are the most racist, homophobic, anti-American non-productive citizens in America. Yet, they don't have to worry about marriage, because even their own men won't marry them.  But then, since most black men are in prison, what good is marriage anyway?

VivlianWozz
VivlianWozz

I am a 27 years old doctor,mature and beautiful. and now i am seeking a good man who can give me real love, so i got a sername Andromeda2002 on  Agedate.СòM, a nice and free place for younger women and older men,or older women and younger men, to interact with each other.Maybe you wanna check out or tell your friends.

Nachman
Nachman

Star Tribune poll?

Go figure.

Vic
Vic

The Twin Cities has a huge community of well-educated white-collar same-sex couples.The no vote from MN three city councils really surprised me. 

Rick Nolan
Rick Nolan

Duluth City Council member Jeff Anderson got the ball rolling on this. Now he's running for Congress. If you want more leaders who stick to their convictions, his campaign could use your support. Check him out at www.jeffanderson.org.

Rick Nolan
Rick Nolan

Duluth City Council member Jeff Anderson, who also happens to be running for Congress, deserves the credit for getting this ball rolling. Should you like this sort of leadership, his campaign could use your help. Check him out at www.jeffanderson.org.

Rick Nolan
Rick Nolan

Duluth City Council member Jeff Anderson, who also happens to be running for Congress, deserves the credit for getting this ball rolling. Should you like this sort of leadership, his campaign could use your help. Check him out at www.jeffanderson.org.

Skywalker
Skywalker

Plenty of gays live in rural Minnesota, but most of them aren't out to their families and employers.

Samuel
Samuel

Is this sort of pure racism and hatred necessary to post on what should be a forum of appreciation for diversity an respect for differences?

The answer, of course, is no.

West
West

The city councils voted no on the amendment -- that is, they voted in support of same-sex couples. Why did that surprise you?

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