To the Editor:
Thank you to the city councils for the cities of Crystal, Robbinsdale and Golden Valley for their recent actions in passing resolutions that oppose the proposed Recognition of Marriage State Constitutional Amendment.
These three cities now have joined seven other cities in the state where the city councils have passed similar resolutions. Together, these 10 cities are urging Minnesota citizens to vote no on this proposed amendment.
Why have these cities taken this bold and extraordinary action to oppose a proposed state constitutional amendment? Though the specific reasons differ by community, several resolutions emphasize that 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.
While I respect each individual’s personal view of marriage, I also believe it would be discriminatory and wrong to modify our state constitution in order to restrict the definition of marriage.
I hope all of us respect our neighbors and cherish their rights. Let’s not act to intentionally hurt our fellow citizens.
On Nov. 6, let’s heed the voices of our inner souls and of many leaders in our state to vote “no” on this proposal.