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Passing amendment is bad precedent, authors say

Leaders of several local firms pen op/ed against marriage amendment

In a brief commentary in today’s Star Tribune, several leaders of prominent Minnesota law firms wrote to express their opposition to the marriage amendment that will appear on this November’s ballot.

The column is signed by Gregory P. Bulinski; Chief executive officer, Bassford Remele, Doug Holod; governance committee chair, Maslon Edelman Borman & Brand, Andrew G. Humphrey; managing partner, Faegre Baker Daniels, Brad Keil; managing partner, Oppenheimer Wolff & Donnelly, John Koneck; president, Fredrikson & Byron, Dennis M. O’Malley; managing partner, Lindquist & Vennum and Steven A. Schumeister; managing partner, Robins, Kaplan, Miller & Ciresi.

The authors say passing the amendment “directly impacts Minnesota businesses, including law firms, which are dependent on attracting and retaining the best and brightest talent, regardless of sexual orientation.”

It also says the ballot question would restrict rights of Minnesotans which is a bad precedent to set. You can read the full post here.

The ballot question will ask voters if marriage should be defined as between one man and one woman in Minnesota. Gay marriage is not recognized in Minnesota, but supporters of the amendment say it is necessary to adopt the amendment to prevent future legislatures or judges to allow gay and lesbian couples to marry.

To date about 30 law firms have joined the Minnesotans United for All Families coalition. The group is a non partisan organization working to defeat the marriage amendment.

Recently a group called Lawyers for Marriage formed as part of the Minnesotans for Marriage group to organize support for the amendment. The attorneys on that group’s executive committee are:

Roger Magnuson of Dorsey & Whitney; Teresa Collett of the University of St. Thomas School of Law; William A. LeMire of Arthur Chapman Kettering Smetak and Pikala; and Evan Wilson of the Metropolitan Airports Commission.

I am not aware of any law firms who have joined the Minnesota for Marriage coalition, but if you know of any please let me know.



  1. I’m curious what ended up happening to this? It looks like this is an upcoming issue for the election in November: http://ballotpedia.org/wiki/index.php/Minnesota_Same-Sex_Marriage_Amendment_(2012)

    I’m interested to hear how this turns out.

  2. I guess this has all changed since the supreme court ruling. Does Minnesota have to follow suit or can the states still pass their own marriage laws?

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