How a Marriage Discrimination Amendment Would Disrespect Democracy in Minnesota

23 Pages Posted: 23 Dec 2009 Last revised: 22 Dec 2010

Date Written: 2007

Abstract

The proposed marriage discrimination amendment to the Minnesota Constitution is profoundly anti-democratic. It is extremely wide-ranging in its scope, it obliterates the opportunity of the LGBT community to legislatively advance its interests in the area, it falsely assumes characteristics of the state judiciary that do not in fact exist, and it is drafted with language that is particularly hostile to LGBT concerns and democracy in general. It was a triumph for reason and democracy that this amendment was defeated in 2006. It should never be introduced again. In the unfortunate event that it is introduced again, it should be resoundingly defeated.

Keywords: Minnesota law, gay marriage, same sex marriage, civil unions, domestic partnerships, lesbian and gay rights, human rights ordinances

Suggested Citation

Winer, Anthony S., How a Marriage Discrimination Amendment Would Disrespect Democracy in Minnesota (2007). William Mitchell Law Review, Vol. 33, No. 3, 2007, William Mitchell Legal Studies Research, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1527508

Anthony S. Winer (Contact Author)

William Mitchell College of Law ( email )

875 Summit Ave
St. Paul, MN 55105-3076
United States

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