We all know that the session ended without a budget, and now we are experiencing a State shutdown. The legislature did, however, find time to put several proposed amendments to the Constitution on the ballot next year.
In November of 2012, one of the questions on the ballot in the general election will ask voters to amend the State Constitution to define marriage as a union between one man and one woman. There are currently 515 rights and protections that are legally granted to married couples in MN, and denied to same sex partners. Amending the Constitution would solidify these discriminatory laws and permanently restrict the rights of some Minnesotans.
AFSCME has a long history of working for equality for its members, and publicly states the belief that all people should be able to live their lives with dignity and respect while enjoying equal protection under the law. The Board of Directors of AFSCME Council 5 believes that the Constitution should not restrict any member’s rights. In response to the proposed amendment, AFSCME Local 151 has established a committee to work to defeat the Marriage Amendment.
Over the next 17 months, the committee will provide educational materials, resources, and events to mobilize our 1000+ members to protect equality for ALL Minnesotans.
The kick-off event will be on Monday, July 11th, from 12:00-1:00, on the lawn (at the corner of Kellogg and Robert). Please join us for refreshments, and a chance to learn more about the negative consequences to some of our members if the amendment is not defeated.
Please stay tuned for events and opportunities to get involved in this important work over the next several months.
Protect equal rights for ALL Minnesotans. Vote NO on the Marriage Amendment
If you would like more information, or to be involved in this committee, please contact Kim Klose at firstname.lastname@example.org.