Resolution Number 16-12 Opposing Amendment
RESOLUTION NUMBER 16-12
EXPRESSING OPPOSITION TO THE PROPOSED MARRIAGE AMENDMENT
WHEREAS, in 2011 the Minnesota State Legislature voted to include the following question on the election ballot in November 2012: “Shall the Minnesota Constitution be amended to provide that only a union of one man and one woman shall be valid or recognized as a marriage in Minnesota?;” and
WHEREAS, the proposed amendment would add a new Section 13 to the Minnesota Constitution stating: “Only a union of one man and one woman shall be valid or recognized as a marriage in Minnesota;” and
WHEREAS, constitutions historically have been designed and interpreted to protect minorities from the arbitrary imposition of unjust barriers by the majority; and
WHEREAS, the proposed amendment would be contrary to the purpose of our State Constitution to protect the rights, privileges and freedom of conscience of all citizens by withholding from some individuals and families important legal rights and obligations; and
WHEREAS, a broad coalition of organizations, community and business leaders, faith, labor, progressive and nonpartisan organizations, communities of color; and current and former elected officials have all joined to defeat this amendment.
NOW THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF MOUNTAIN IRON, MINNESOTA, that the Mountain Iron City Council joins the broad coalition of individuals and organizations stated above in opposing the proposed constitutional amendment entitled, “Recognition of Marriage Solely Between One Man and One Woman,” and urges Mountain Iron and Minnesota citizens to vote “NO” on Tuesday, November 6, 2012.
DULY ADOPTED BY THE CITY COUNCIL THIS 2nd DAY OF JULY, 2012.
Mayor Gary Skalko