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Augsburg College Opposes Marriage Amendment

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Second Higher Education Institution in Minnesota Says ‘No’ to Limiting the Freedom to Marry

Kate Brickman, Press Secretary
Phone Number: 612-460-1219

August 22, 2012 – Minneapolis, MN – Augsburg College, a private Minneapolis liberal arts college associated with the ELCA (Evangelical Lutheran Church in America), is the second higher educational institution in Minnesota to publicly oppose the freedom-limiting marriage amendment. Capella University joined the coalition last month.

Augsburg College President Paul C. Pribbenow’s office formally joined the coalition this week to defeat the marriage amendment on behalf of the school. Augsburg College, located in the vibrant Cedar-Riverside neighborhood of Minneapolis, has enrollment of 4,000 students of diverse backgrounds and employs 570 staff and faculty.

“Five of the six Minnesota synods of the ELCA in Minnesota already publicly oppose this amendment, and I’m proud to know that Augsburg College – a higher education institution founded on Lutheran teachings – recognizes that this amendment unfairly limits the freedoms of both students and religion alike in Minnesota,” said Pastor Grant Stevensen, Minnesotans United for All Families Faith Director. “Statewide, people of all faiths are joining our coalition in overwhelming numbers, and Augsburg’s decision today sends a clear signal that people, communities and institutions of faith alike are opposing this amendment because of their faith, not in spite of it.”

Minnesotans United for All Families represents a coalition of more than 600 faith communities, schools, cities, nonprofits, labor unions, political organizations, law firms and businesses all united with the common goal of protecting the freedoms of every Minnesotan by defeating the amendment.

Augsburg College offers 50 undergraduate majors and seven graduate degrees to more than 4,000 students of diverse backgrounds. The College educates students to be informed citizens, thoughtful stewards, critical thinkers, and responsible leaders. The Augsburg experience is supported by an engaged community that is committed to intentional diversity in its life and work. An Augsburg education is defined by excellence in the liberal arts and professional studies, guided by the faith and values of the Lutheran Church, and shaped by its urban and global settings.

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