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Duluth passes resolution opposing constitutional ban on gay marriage

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

DULUTH, Minn. — In passing a resolution Monday, Duluth became the first city in Minnesota to take a stand against the proposed state constitutional amendment that would ban same-sex marriage, which is slated to appear on the ballot for a statewide referendum vote in November 2012.

The Duluth City Council passed the resolution Monday in a 6-2 vote, with one city council member absent, having left prior to the vote’s roll call.

According to the Duluth News Tribune, several city councilors earlier were critical of the council taking up the matter, suggesting it was not the proper venue, but they remained silent at Monday’s meeting.

“Equality concerns me. It will always concern me,” said Councilor Jeff Anderson, who co-sponsored the resolution. “This directly affects and impacts people in the city of Duluth.”

“This is about maintaining inclusive communities that will help us grow and thrive,” he said, suggesting that Duluth’s future will be brighter if people view it as a welcoming city.

Following the meeting, Councilor Jim Stauber said he opposed the resolution because he didn’t think the city council was the proper venue “to convince people whether to support this amendment or not.”

“The good citizens of the state of Minnesota will all get a chance to vote on this. It’s a pretty simple issue, and people should be allowed to vote,” he said, adding that on a personal level, he is supportive of the amendment.

Council President Sharla Gardner, who co-sponsored the resolution, contended that the city shouldn’t remain silent on important issues.

“I believe the role of city government is to be the front line of democracy,” she said.

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21 more reader comments:

  1. GREAT, I live in Minnesota too -__- I’ve been to Duluth as well SMH

    Posted on Tuesday, December 20, 2011 at 10:02pm
  2. *DIS-FUCKING-LIKE*

    Posted on Tuesday, December 20, 2011 at 10:02pm
  3. Good job! :-)

    Posted on Tuesday, December 20, 2011 at 10:03pm
  4. This is good Thaddeus ;)

    Posted on Tuesday, December 20, 2011 at 10:03pm
  5. Thaddeus: OPPOSING a constitutional ban

    Posted on Tuesday, December 20, 2011 at 10:04pm
  6. G00d

    Posted on Tuesday, December 20, 2011 at 10:05pm
  7. This is Absolutely Wonderful, Splendid! Great push for the LGBT movement! Hope it works!

    Posted on Tuesday, December 20, 2011 at 10:07pm
  8. I live in Duluth! =D I was happy to hear this..

    Posted on Tuesday, December 20, 2011 at 10:10pm
  9. The majority should never vote for the minority !

    Posted on Tuesday, December 20, 2011 at 10:12pm
  10. I agree Heriberto especially when it comes to equality. It should never be about what a majority thinks. My relationship is none of their fucking business.

    Posted on Tuesday, December 20, 2011 at 10:24pm
  11. Minnesota, of all places.

    Posted on Tuesday, December 20, 2011 at 10:29pm
  12. Good for them. Denying marriage to same sex couples makes a mockery of marriage. Last night I heard that only 50% of couples are married anymore. That’s another step down from last year. It seems we’re the only ones who really care about it anymore and yet they’re spending millions to keep us from getting married. Heterosexuals have some very serious issues.

    Posted on Tuesday, December 20, 2011 at 11:59pm
  13. yeah, but they r from minnesota – seriously, minnesota – remember the morons from fargo?

    Posted on Wednesday, December 21, 2011 at 12:50am
  14. nothing more to say

    Posted on Wednesday, December 21, 2011 at 2:31am
  15. good for duluth!!!!!!

    Posted on Wednesday, December 21, 2011 at 7:44am
  16. Wooo! Never been more proud to be from Cloquet and a Minnesotan! ( literally 10 minutes from Duluth)

    Posted on Wednesday, December 21, 2011 at 2:12pm
  17. Alright Minnesotans, we can do this get out and vote No ban!!!

    Posted on Wednesday, December 21, 2011 at 8:40pm
  18. Not all heterosexuals have issues. I am very much in favor of homosexual relationships and marriages. I don’t think it should matter what sex the person you fall in love with and I don’t see how it is our governments problem. Personally if they want to ban a form of marriage, ban celebrity marriages…how many of those last more than a couple months?
    Way to go Duluth!!!!!

    Ps Fargo is North Dakota not MN and that has to be one of the worst movies ever made!

    Posted on Thursday, December 22, 2011 at 2:16pm
  19. Way to go Duluth!!!
    Thaddeus…You are a douche!!!!!

    Posted on Thursday, December 22, 2011 at 9:22pm
  20. Please don’t lump all heterosexuals together in your statement. It is the same as those that do have issues claiming that all LGBT people are pedophiles. This is not true and according to polls, there is a slim majority but still a majority that support marriage equality. Those that are pushing this discriminatory amendment most certainly have serious issues, but this is not all heterosexuals.

    Posted on Friday, December 23, 2011 at 5:31pm
  21. A wise man once said “What you eat don’t make me sh*t”. I feel like this applies to the issue of gay marriage quite well.

    Posted on Saturday, December 24, 2011 at 12:27am