Macalester College opposes marriage amendment

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Last weekend, after weeks of uproar from students and community members, Macalester College publicly announced its opposition to the proposed Minnesota marriage amendment.

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The Macalester College Board of Trustees voted over the weekend about the school's public stance on the Minnesota marriage amendment. The Board released this statement on October 6:

The Macalester College Board of Trustees unanimously expresses its opposition to the proposed Minnesota marriage amendment. The Board feels that this amendment denies basic human dignity and rights to our citizens. Such a denial is antithetical to the mission of the college.

The Board's decision comes after several weeks of disapproval from numerous students and alumni after news of Hamline University's neutral position on the amendment.

Michael Halpern, Macalester Class of 1999, spearheaded a Change.org petition to rally Macalester students, alumni, staff, and community members to speak their minds about the school's stance on the marriage amendment.

Foreign correspondent for The Mac Weekly, Macalester's student-run news publication, Jonathan McJunkin wrote an open letter to President Rosenberg regarding the marriage amendment. Included in his impassioned editorial published on October 5, McJunkin cited Hamline's neutrality as a negative mark on that institution's standing in the community:

There is no true neutrality; neutrality is a vote for the status quo. To paraphrase local poet Guante, in the real world quiet disapproval is the same as quiet approval. Look around, President Rosenberg. Do you want to make Macalester's statement on equality "things are fine the way they are?"

McJunkin continued, voicing the same sentiment that some Macalester students feel about the school publicly stating its beliefs about same-sex marriage:

We as an institution cannot sit this one out with a clear conscience--and the election is a month away. Let us keep in mind what this amendment actually is. It does not change the illegality of same-sex marriages in Minnesota, or the legal­ity of same-sex couple adoptions, or anything tangible at all. Beyond all the rhetoric, its passage would only do one thing: send a message that LGBT Minnesotans and their couples, their families, are lesser.

Halpern sent along the link to the Change.org petition before the Board's weekend vote. The petition had garnered more than 1,200 signatures which clocks in at more than 60 percent of Macalester's student body.

Considering Macalester's newly-minted status as a five-star LGBT-friendly campus by Campus Pride Index, the school's position on same-sex marriage now aligns with its reputation as a safe-haven for LGBT students.

Let's see if the remaining ACTC schools declare their position on the amendment. The current count stands at two votes no from Macalester and Augsburg, with Hamline staying out of the matter. Your move, St. Thomas and St. Kate's.

Read some of the Change.org comments on the next page.


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addyfree
addyfree

Ms. Craine makes it sound like this was a student movement.  While students and alumni were certainly vocal, I suspect it was the faculty vote, which isn't mentioned in the article at all, that sent the trustees into consideration of this question.Also, whoever is posting in the comments as "City Pages Minneapolis" is wrong, Macalester doesn't offer an LGBTQ Studies Major.  The closest available major would probably be Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. [http://catalog.macalester.edu/content.php?catoid=8&navoid=833]

Jonathan McJunkin
Jonathan McJunkin

I think a lot of people are confusing Macalester taking an official position with Macalester taking away people's right to be against that position. It's not like the right to dissent requires total neutrality of every single institution that a person could possibly belong to. Just look at all the individual catholics who oppose the amendment for a great example of this. Just to quote myself again: "Individuals will always have the right to speak out in support of the amendment, no matter what Macalester says. But the right of LGBT students to be supported by Macales­ter far outweighs the right of those who seek to discriminate against them to institutional silence."

Daniel Anderson
Daniel Anderson

Bravo Tanner, finally someone says it.Can't wait until this election is over, tired of the rhetoric on both sides.

Shawn Taylor
Shawn Taylor

They chose to let their students think for themselves.

Nicholas S. Goers
Nicholas S. Goers

At Tanner... Trevor was not telling anyone to shut up, instead asked a question and I'm going to continue to be a dick head and say... You my friend should head back to college for your piss poor attempt at writing a response when clearly the too(two) of us commenting really upset you and caused you to think we're rude and doesn't respect of others opinions... Now I'm confused as two(to) what I justed read! :)

Tanner Slade Olson
Tanner Slade Olson

wow at nick and trevor, a man asked a questions and you too comment back like dick heads. I think he clearly knows about freedom of speech and where he lives! And dont but words in his mouth saying we should all shut up! Some people are just getting sick of hearing about this because they never cared wether folks were gay or not! And everyone is so damn rude and doesnt respect of others opinions! Some people are for, some against, respect their fucking choice and shut your damn mouth!

Barb Heath
Barb Heath

we're still waiting on Hamline University to take a position, rather than a lack of one.

Melissa Peterson
Melissa Peterson

The schools should not be in the business of taking sides but to provide an education based on the foundation that it was built.

Anthony C. Maki
Anthony C. Maki

Don't forget that MCTC's student senate voted to oppose it!!

Trevor Ludwig
Trevor Ludwig

"why is it everyone has to vocalize there choice?" When an entire group of people are not receiving equal rights, we should all just shut up... ???

Nicholas S. Goers
Nicholas S. Goers

they vocalize THEIR choice because they're not afraid to and welcome to America, free speech is one of our rights! :)

Evan Walde
Evan Walde

^because they are likely all fighting for tuition dollars.

Jon Solvie
Jon Solvie

why is it everyone has to vocalize there choice?

City Pages Minneapolis
City Pages Minneapolis

Actually, Macalester is a very gay-friendly college. You can even major in LGBTQ studies there.

Aus Tin Padilla
Aus Tin Padilla

They probably both are for the amendment... I mean they are christian unis

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