The following is a guest post by the United Jewish Fund and Council.
On Feb. 22, the United Jewish Fund and Council of St. Paul (UJFC) board of directors voted to oppose the proposed amendment to the Minnesota Constitution, which would recognize marriage solely as a union between a man and a woman (the “Marriage Amendment”). With the vote, the board approved the following statement:
“The United Jewish Fund and Council of St. Paul opposes the passage of the Minnesota Marriage Amendment, scheduled for a vote on the State of Minnesota General Election ballot in November 2012, on the grounds that marriage is a fundamental human right and that the Minnesota Constitution should not be used as a vehicle for restricting rights and civil liberties.”
‘The Minnesota constitution exists to protect the rights of our citizens, not to take rights away,” said Jon Parritz, UJFC president. “Our tradition teaches us to pursue justice and to treat all human beings with dignity. We believe it is right to stand against this attempt to use our constitution to deny Minnesotans their civil rights. As a religious minority that has suffered discrimination, we cannot be silent in the face of this attempt to misuse the constitution to deny the equal protection of laws to all citizens.
The UJFC will join with Minnesotans United for All Families, the official coalition standing in opposition to the marriage amendment. Other Jewish community organizations that have taken a position opposing the amendment include the Minnesota Rabbinical Association, the Jewish Community Relations Council of Minnesota and the Dakotas, Jewish Community Action, and several synagogues and other Jewish organizations.
The United Jewish Fund and Council of St. Paul unites, sustains and enhances the St. Paul area Jewish community and strengthens bonds with Jewish communities in Israel and around the world. We fulfill our mission through financial resource development and planning, and by working in partnership with social service agencies, educational institutions and synagogues.