St. Louis County Board of Commissioners Takes Stance on Marriage Amendment

By KBJR News 1

October 2, 2012 Updated Oct 2, 2012 at 7:13 PM CDT

Duluth, MN (Northland's NewsCenter) - The St. Louis County Board of Commissioners voted Tuesday to adopt a resolution that would put them on record opposing the proposed Constitutional marriage amendment.

They voted 4-3 in favor of the resolution.

About 30 people, from both sides of the issue, came to the meeting to voice their concerns.

Commissioners voting against the resolution said they didn't believe the board should take a side in the debate, but rather let voters make their own decisions.

"This isn't the County business to have referendums like this. I feel like we need to deal with the day to day county issues. This issue is already on the ballot. Let the people decide in 35 days," said Commissioner Chris Dahlberg, who voted against adopting the resolution.

Those voting in favor of the resolution say the board has the right to take a stance on something that would amend the Constitution to take peoples' rights away.

"I believe we have a right and a reason to be talking about things that don't belong in the Constitution. Things that we feel better serve the people are things that preserve rights, not the things that take rights away," said Commissioner Peg Sweeney, who voted in favor of the resolution.

Written for the web by Jennifer Austin.