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SLP Stands Against Marriage Amendment

The city is the fourth in Minnesota to pass a resolution in opposition to the proposed constitutional amendment.

St. Louis Park Mayor Jeff Jacobs is typically jovial and quick with a laugh or smile at City Council meetings.

But on Monday, as he was speaking in favor of a council resolution that voices the city's opposition to the state's , the mayor choked up a bit.

"My mother, who was a longtime political activist, once told me, 'If not now, when? If not you, who?'" an emotional Jacobs said.

A moment later, the council voted unanimously in favor of the resolution (see attached PDF), making St. Louis Park the fourth city in the state to formally oppose the marriage amendment. Duluth, St. Paul and Minneapolis are the other three.

Jacobs wasn't the only person to show emotion in the council chambers. Resident Wendy Goldberg started crying a bit when she stood up to support the council.

"I am so in awe of this," she said. "Thank you."

Scott Brush, who along with his partner has the city's first certificate, said Monday's council action further solidifies the city as a welcoming place.

"We applaud and thank the council for adopting this resolution," Brush said.

Several council members referenced the domestic partner ordinance passed last year, which allows domestic partners in different-sex and same-sex relationships to register their relationships with the city.

Councilman Jake Spano said that ordinance, as well as Monday's vote, reaffirms that St. Louis Park is an open and inviting city.

"When my wife and I first moved to the community, we found it very welcoming," he said. "And we always appreciated that."

While council members said most constituents expressed support in the past week, several members acknowledged that they have received opposition—including . But in the end, the council voted its conscience.

"First and foremost, it's the right thing for us to do," councilwoman Julia Ross said.

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bkmn March 06, 2012 at 03:29 AM
Thank you Mayor Jacobs. The members of the gay community will remember this!
Marlys Mills March 06, 2012 at 03:33 AM
This is a good thing for your city. It assures that they believe that people have a civil right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.
Joan Fenton March 06, 2012 at 04:32 AM
It is unfortunate that more people who opposed this resolution did not communicate their opinion to our Council members. Our City has taken a step backwards.
Linda Trummer March 06, 2012 at 02:38 PM
Once again, Saint Louis Park shows itself as a community that truly supports ALL its constituents, regardless. Thank you.
Tom Obinger March 06, 2012 at 02:40 PM
Thank you for taking a positive progressive stand on this issue. As a past resident who grew-up and lived in St.Louis Park, I am proud of the City and the Council members for speaking-up for the civil rights for All people.
Heather G March 06, 2012 at 06:21 PM
I'm proud to have joined this community about 5 years ago, and this is just one more reason why.
Rev. Christy E. Dew March 06, 2012 at 07:30 PM
As the new pastor for Union Congregational UCC (an Open and Affirming, Just Peace Congregation) in St. Louis Park, it is a blessing to see that our Civic leaders believe in equality for all of its citizens. Please know that our congregational will continue to be in prayer with our leaders as you thoughtfully discern the best practices and laws for all of your constituents. Rev. Christy E. Dew
Brittany Roeser March 06, 2012 at 07:35 PM
I'm glad to be apart of this community as well! I stand behind Mayor Jacobs 100%! Change has to start somewhere.
Ann Thomas March 06, 2012 at 08:46 PM
Thank you City Council. People who love each other - regardless of race, religion or sexual orientation - deserve the right to have that recognized in a legal, open way. I am thrilled to see this vote.
Jane Flannigan March 06, 2012 at 09:44 PM
St. Louis Park rocks!
Emily B March 07, 2012 at 03:11 AM
Proud SLP citizen here. No matter your opinion on this issue, a ban has NO place whatsoever in the Minnesota Constitution. Our Constitutions guarantees freedoms, it is not meant to be used to discriminate against any citizen.
Tom March 07, 2012 at 04:11 AM
Marriage was created for a man and woman to become one flesh, procrate and build families. Homosexuality is immoral behavior that does not support procreation or family values. Gay marriage attacks the moral code of our country and the momentum behind legalizing this is spiritual warfare.
guy davidson March 07, 2012 at 05:00 AM
Should a bisexual be allowed to marry both at once...?
Matthew Levitt March 07, 2012 at 07:15 PM
Guy, that depends on your view of polygamy, which has nothing to do with allowing two people of the same sex to wed.
Mary K March 07, 2012 at 10:13 PM
I have never been more proud to live in St. Louis Park!! Thank you on behalf of my family as well!
Sonja Peterson March 25, 2012 at 10:02 PM
St. Louis Park, like all cities, has an interest in promoting committed family units in order to achieve social stability, economic interdependence, and healthier environments for adults and children. There are many same-gender families in St. Louis Park and throughout the State in committed and loving relationships. The amendment would limit marriage to only opposite sex couples and would relegate same-gender couples to a permanent second-class citizenship status. Thus, St. Louis Park was right to oppose amending the Minnesota Constitution to ban the legal recognition of same-sex marriages.

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