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A resolution makes the city the first to throw its weight behind the push to defeat the state's same-sex marriage amendment.

Duluth backs Minnesotans United’s campaign against marriage amendment

The City of Duluth on Monday night became the first city to throw its weight being the Minnesotans United for All Families campaign against the same-sex marriage amendment.

In approving a resolution by a 6-3 vote, the Duluth City Council authorized a resolution that formally aligns the city as a member of the Minnesotans United coalition, a broad-based group of religious, civic and advocacy groups that are leading the opposition against the state’s same-sex marriage amendment up for a vote in 2012.

Duluth City Council member Jeff Anderson and Council President Sharla Gardner brought the resolution to the council, according to a Minnesotans United news release. Anderson is running for the DFL endorsement in the 8th Congressional District with an eye toward challenging first-year U.S. Rep. Chip Cravaack.

“It is crucial that Minnesotans vote no on this anti-family, anti-marriage amendment,” Anderson said in a statement. “I’m proud to represent the first city to formally endorse the campaign to defeat this amendment.”

So far, Minnesotans United has seen great success in aligning sometimes disparate groups in its coalition to fight the amendment. Among the partners already participating in the effort are the Human Rights Campaign, the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits, the Minnesota DFL Independence and Libertarian parties, AFSCME Council 5, the Minnesota AFL-CIO and the Log Cabin Republicans.

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