by EMILY BUSS
Winona could be the next Minnesota city to officially declare a stance on the marriage amendment set to be on the ballot here in November. The title of the amendment is “Limiting the status of marriage to opposite sex couples.”
Winona Mayor Jerry Miller said the council will discuss possibly passing a citywide resolution in favor of or against the amendment during Monday’s meeting.
“I’ve been getting a lot of e-mails lately about this topic and have heard the pros and cons,” Mayor Miller said.
The proposed constitutional amendment defines marriage in the Minnesota Constitution as between one man and one woman.
If the council decides to oppose the amendment, Winona would be number 13 on a growing list of Minnesota cities that have already declared their opposition.
At the Mankato City Council meeting Monday night, the city officially opposed the amendment that states marriage is between one man and one woman.
Council President Mike Laven said the meeting brought the situation into the light and was a way to see if “we can remedy our differences.”
Among the city governments adopting resolutions against the amendment are Duluth, St. Paul, Minneapolis, St. Louis Park, Edina, Falcon Heights, Golden Valley, Maplewood, Crystal, Robbinsdale and Mountain Iron.
The City Council meeting will be Monday at 6:30 p.m. in the Council Chambers of City Hall.