More union opposition to Minnesota’s anti-marriage amendment
August 23, 2011
On Friday, the Minnesota Association of Professional Employees (MAPE), which has 13,000 members statewide, voted unanimously to oppose the anti-gay constitutional amendment that will appear on the November 2012 ballot. The amendment, which was passed by the legislature earlier this year, would embed discrimination in the Minnesota constitution by defining marriage as between a man and a woman.
When asked about the organization's opposition to the amendment, MAPE's executive director Jim Monroe echoed the views of many Minnesotans who are frustrated with the discriminatory social agenda that was pushed through the legislature this year:
“The Republican-led legislature should focus on creating jobs and turning the state’s economy around, rather than championing discrimination against their fellow Minnesotans.”
MAPE is one of many labor organizations in Minnesota that have joined a diverse and growing coalition opposing the discriminatory amendment. SEIU, AFSCME, and the AFL-CIO have all signed on to Minnesotans United for all Families, the campaign created to defeat the amendment.
Freedom to Marry is proud to be a leading member of Minnesotans United for all Families and we are deeply committed to investing staff time and resources to defeating the amendment. Visit the Minnesotans United for all Families website to learn how you can get involved.