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Faculty at St. Olaf College Vote to Oppose Amendment Limiting the Freedom to Marry

Friday, August 31, 2012

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

August 30, 2012 – Northfield, MN – Today the faculty at St. Olaf College, a private liberal arts college of the Lutheran church based in Northfield, voted overwhelmingly in favor of a resolution to oppose the proposed constitutional amendment that would limit the freedom to marry for committed, same-sex couples in Minnesota. The vote makes St. Olaf College’s faculty the third to take a formal stance against this hurtful amendment, joining the faculty of the University of Minnesota and William Mitchell College of Law. Augsburg College and Capella University have also publicly opposed the amendment.

Minnesotans United for All Families – the official coalition campaign working to defeat the freedom-limiting marriage amendment on November 6 – released the following statement in response to the vote:

“We applaud the faculty of St. Olaf College for taking this stance against an amendment that hurts real Minnesota families all across the state. Each time a city, faculty, business or community of faith speaks out against this amendment it sparks conversations all across the state about what marriage means and who should have the freedom to participate in it. We are proud to see more and more Minnesotans say that they will treat all people the way they want to be treated, instead of singling out same-sex couples and excluding them from the freedom to marry. The momentum from every corner of the state is palpable, and we welcome the faculty of St. Olaf College to the growing number of Minnesotans who are standing up to say No to this freedom-limiting amendment.”

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