The faculty at Hamline University voted overwhelmingly this week to oppose the Minnesota marriage amendment.
85 percent of eligible faculty voters approved a resolution opposing the amendment, with 10 percent voting against taking a public, anti-amendment stance.
"We, the faculty of Hamline University, oppose the marriage amendment that seeks to enshrine discrimination in the constitution of the state of Minnesota," the resolution said.
Having defined its stance, Hamline's faculty is now calling on university president Linda Hanson to publicly oppose the marriage amendment.
The amendment facing Minnesota voters this November asks if the state's constitution should be changed to define marriage as between one man and one woman.
HAMLINE UNIVERSITY FACULTY RESOLUTION ON MARRIAGE AMENDMENT
WHEREAS Hamline University is a learning community that values diversity and inclusiveness; and
WHEREAS Hamline University recognizes and embraces the values of the United Methodist Church; and
WHEREAS the Minnesota Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church has publicly opposed the Minnesota "marriage amendment; and
WHEREAS the Minnesota "marriage amendment" would deny civil rights to members of our community:
Be it resolved that we, the faculty of Hamline University, oppose the "marriage amendment" that seeks to enshrine discrimination in the constitution of the state of Minnesota, and
Be it resolved that we, the faculty of Hamline University, call upon President Linda Hanson, as Hamline's representative, to affirm Hamline University's values and its belief in liberal education by publicly opposing the "marriage amendment."