The Minneapolis Area Association of Realtors officially announced it opposition to a proposed amendment that would define marriage as solely between a man and woman on Tuesday.
The volunteer Board of Directors said the group formally adopted a position because the amendment would negatively impact equal access to housing and property rights in the state, saying that a culture of openness and acceptance is vital to both a healthy real estate industry and the economy at large.
In a release, MAAR stated that the amendment would "enshrine an inherent unfairness and system of inequality, specifically related to housing and home ownership."
"Our Association leadership believes this issue strikes at the heart of our organization's commitment to fair housing, a strong code of ethics and equal opportunities for all," said CEO Mark Allen. "The rights and privileges of home ownership extend beyond the actual sale of a home, and passage of this amendment would deepen the inequality of access to those rights for couples whose unions are not legally recognized."
In their resolution, the board found that the passage could do significant harm to the region's image and prevent future generations of home buyers from moving to the Twin Cities area and great Minnesota, citing the potential to appear unwelcoming, exclusionary, biased or even discriminatory. Furthermore, they added that current homosexual residents may feel unwanted and feel compelled to leave.
MAAR is comprised of nearly 7,000 local realtors in Hennepin, Carver, Scott, McLeod and Sibley counties.