The Free Press, Mankato, MN

Election 2012

October 1, 2012

City of North Mankato decides to stay out of marriage debate

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NORTH MANKATO —

Russ Blaschko of Mankato supports the amendment and said the council should stay out of an issue that’s already receiving plenty of discussion in homes, churches and elsewhere. And he discounted the idea that passage of the amendment would restrict the civil rights of anyone.

“This is not about the individual, not about not liking, not respecting, the individual gay or lesbian person,” Blaschko said. “This is about marriage. This is about the uniqueness of marriage. This is about children and the future of society — what is the best for the future of society.”

With the state’s voters splintered on the topic, and the people at Monday’s meeting closely split, Mankato-North Mankato is now officially divided as well.

Across the river, the Mankato City Council agreed to hold a public hearing on the amendment in August. And after more than two hours of public testimony, the council voted 4-3 to oppose the amendment.

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