Roseville joins the list of Minnesota cities that have come out against the mean-spirited marriage amendment on ballots this fall.
On Monday night, the Roseville City Council voted unanimously to oppose the marriage amendment. This makes Roseville the 13th Minnesota city to speak out against writing inequality into the Minnesota State Constitution.
My friend David happened to be one of the people that spoke to the Council asking them to oppose the amendment. He shared with me what one amendment supporter had to say:
…some guy got up and said that there were 10,000 studies saying that kids need a mother and father, and that gay men become incontinent because of their “lifestyle.”
He read a definition of marriage from a 30-year-old dictionary… I was thinking, “He’s [Minnesota for Marriage's] target audience. Exploit their fear and feed it with lies that sound just credible enough to be true.”
It saddens me to see the ignorance we are up against in this great state that I call home. However, I have hope when I see cities taking a very public stand encouraging their voters to say NO to discrimination and inequality.
Roseville City Council members, I thank you for giving me (and hundreds of thousands of other Minnesotans) hope.