Email re: Faculty Resolution Opposing the Page 3 of 4Anti-Marriage Amendment
With regard to potential students, the risk is perhaps more worrisome. Even in 2003,when a strong majority of Americans opposed same-sex marriage, poll
in their lateteens and twenties [were] more supportive of gay marriage than [were] older Americans.
People with college educations were likewise measurably more supportive of same-sexmarriage.
The generation gap has persisted as the overall numbers have shifted inexorablytoward majority acceptance of same-sex marriage. In 2010, the UPI reported: "There is a largegeneration gap on the
In particular, “
64 percent of those under 30 back same-sexmarriage.
N.B. - the average age of a first year Mitchell student is now 26.3 years.
Why The Anti-Marriage Amendment is Wrong
In part, The Anti-Marriage Amendment is wrong for the same reasons that the Faculty isright to act collectively in this matter. The Amendment is contrary to the best interests of William Mitchell College of Law
, conflicts with the College’s anti
-discrimination policy, andwould enshrine in the state constitution express discrimination against
LGBTstudents, staff, and faculty.Moreover, because the Faculty has the authority to collectively oppose The Anti-Marriage Amendment, the Faculty also has the authority to deploy its expertise to publicly urge
the Amendment’s defeat.
We can legitimately assert that expertise to echo the constitutionalanalysis recently expressed by Justice Kathleen Blatz and Walter Mondale, respectively theformer Chief Justice of the Minnesota Supreme Court and former U.S. Senator and Vice-President of the United States.On March 13, 2012, they released a joint letter opposing The Anti-Marriage Amendmentand urging all lawyers to do the same:Minnesotans of good will may continue to debate the merits of legallyrecognizing same-sex couples through marriage or some other status. But in itsentire history, Minnesota has never preempted the ordinary process of representative government by enshrining one view of family law into its
The Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life, Report on a Poll Taken November 18, 2003 , Part 2 , Gay
Even this youngest group of Americans do not, on balance, favor this idea [of same-sexmarriage]; rather, they are divided. But that is in stark contrast to people in their forties and fifties, wheretwice as many oppose gay marriage as favor it. Among those in their sixties and seventies, oppositionoutnumbers support by as much as four-to-one.
http://www.pewforum.org/PublicationPage.aspx?id=647 retrieved 3/17/12 Poll, November 18, 2003 ,retrieved 3/17/12.
Since younger generations are more likely to have college degrees than older, this education gapcontributes to the overall size of the generation gap on gay marriage.
more than 2000).
Id. (emphasis added).