Lawyers United for All Families
Minnesota stands at a crossroads in its history and our state’s constitution has become the battlefield. Our constitution is a hard-earned gift from those who preceded us and an enduring promise to those who will follow us. It should be used to protect individual liberty, not to take it away. Constitutions should be amended only to address problems that find no other solution. Therefore, as concerned citizens and members of the legal community, we need to stand up against the efforts to legislate by constitutional amendment.
The legislature has placed on the ballot this November a proposed constitutional amendment providing: “Only a union of one man and one woman shall be valid or recognized as a marriage in Minnesota.” State statutes already prohibit same-sex couples from validly marrying in Minnesota and already prohibit the state from recognizing same-sex marriages from other states and countries. The proposed anti-marriage amendment would be a constitutional knot tying the hands of our chosen representatives as we learn from the experience of other states on the issue of marriage. We owe it to ourselves, to our children and grandchildren, and to the legacy of this state to vote NO.
But, if we stand together in opposing this proposed anti-marriage amendment, we will win. Minnesota will win. So please take action this very minute.
In more than 150 years of statehood, Minnesota has enacted many important reforms in the practice and law of marriage. Some of these reforms were controversial and generated considerable debate. Minnesotans of good will may continue to debate the merits of legally recognizing same-sex couples through marriage or some other status. But in its entire history, Minnesota has never preempted the ordinary process of representative government by enshrining one view of family law into its constitution. There is no compelling need to do so now. Regardless of your own opinions on the underlying issue, we should be united in our belief that the proposed constitutional amendment erodes the aspirational ideal that a constitution is foundational to our democracy and it exists to protect the rights of all.
How is the legal community organizing to fight this proposed amendment? With a massive, multi-pronged movement.
The legal community is working with Minnesotans United for All Families, the official campaign to defeat the anti-marriage amendment. We are mobilizing within law firms, within in-house legal departments, and within academic and public institutions across the state. We are calling our effort Lawyers United for All Families.
Please join us now in signing the pledge to vote NO.
Thank you for defending the ideals of our profession, for living up to the best traditions of our state, and for standing up for all families.
Honorable Walter F. Mondale
Former Vice President of the United States
Honorable Kathleen A. Blatz
Retired Chief Justice, Minnesota Supreme Court