Minneapolis Civil Rights Commission votes to oppose anti-gay marriage amendment

by November 28, 2011

The Minneapolis Civil Rights Commission voted last week to oppose an amendment to the Minnesota Constitution barring same-sex marriage. The Commission cited recent violence against LGBT youth and the discriminatory effect the amendment would have on the LGBT community.

The commission noted that the definition of family has changed throughout history, that many same-sex families reside in Minneapolis, and that LGBT students have been assaulted in Minneapolis schools.

The commission wrote that the amendment would “promote an environment in which discrimination against GLBT citizens is not only encouraged but mandated, resulting in a community that is neither welcome nor safe” and that “such discriminatory laws needlessly alienate prospective GLBT employees and GLBT-friendly employers, inhibiting Minnesota’s economic growth.”

The resolution passed on Nov. 21.

Here’s the full text:

CR Commission Resolution 112111

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