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UMN Student Senate Opposes Marriage Amendment

UMN Student Senate Opposes Marriage Amendment

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Published by Joshua P. Preston
The March 2012 press release announcing that the University of Minnesota Student Senate rejected the proposed Minnesota constitutional amendment that would define marriage as between one man and one woman.
The March 2012 press release announcing that the University of Minnesota Student Senate rejected the proposed Minnesota constitutional amendment that would define marriage as between one man and one woman.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEContact:
Joshua Preston – Chairman of theStudent Senate
Phone:
320-226-3494
Email:
 Prest202@morris.umn.edu 
Contact:
Kate Brickman – Press Secretary,Minnesotans United for All Families
Phone:
815-343-9299
Email:
 kate@mnunited.org 
UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA STUDENT SENATE OFFICIALLYOPPOSES MARRIAGE AMENDMENT
On March 1, 2012, the University Student Senate, which represents all 67,000 students of theUniversity of Minnesota across its five campuses, voted overwhelmingly to publicly oppose the proposed marriage amendment to permanently exclude same-sex couples from marriage. In passing aresolution that calls for all students to stand with the LGBT community, the UMN Student Senate hasofficially become the largest representative student body in the nation to take such a stand.“Not only as representatives of the student body, but as members of a larger, statewide community,we have a moral obligation to treat others as we would want to be treated,” said Student SenateChairman Joshua Preston, “and stand against injustice in all of its forms.”The debate over the resolution was long, as students from across the system told personal stories of their own experiences, speaking eloquently about supporting their gay and lesbian friends andneighbors. “I have not been prouder of the U of M than I am today,” said one student senator duringdebate, “and I’m amazed by the passion of my peers who have decided to be here today for thishistoric moment.”
 
“The next step is to take this all the way to the top,” said Preston. “This is just the beginning, and thenext step is to get the University as a whole to come out against this hurtful amendment – includingPresident Eric Kaler.”Responding to this, Grace Geier, a freshman from Morris, added, “I’ll be ‘UMN Proud’ when there’s‘UMN love’ for all people.”The feeling is shared by Sarah Brammer-Shlay, a student who has been spending her free timevolunteering with Minnesotans United for All Families. “The Minnesotan community is simply better than this amendment. I’m disappointed that this is even on the ballot in 2012,” said Brammer-Shlay.Her feelings prompted her to get involved with Minnesotans United, the organization working todefeat the amendment. “I am proud to call myself a Golden Gopher today.”Student senators are hoping their move will start a trend. During debate over the resolution, studentsenator Andrew Showalter finished his remark by calling “upon my peers not only from the privateuniversities and colleges but also in the MNSCU system to also take a stance on this issue.”“After all,” he added, “It’s the right thing – and the Minnesotan thing – to do.”

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