City of Rochester continues to support equality

Mayor Brede and the city of Rochester continue to fight for equality for all of our citizens.

From: Brede, Ardell
Sent: Friday, January 27, 2012 3:39 PM
To: Kvenvold, Steve
Subject: FW: Meet the Mayors for the Freedom to Marry

Steven; I would like you to share this email and associated video with the council. While my name is not yet listed  I have signed on and stood in support of the issue when in Washington last week at the US Conference of Mayors. As you know Minnesota has a Constitutional Amendment on this year’s General Election ballot, one I asked in my State of the City address to defeat. Our constitution already defines marriage as between a man and a women. This constitutional amendment is unnecessary and in my opinion we should move towards the Freedom to Marry proposal. The first step is to defeat this year’s constitutional amendment.

I understand both Duluth and St. Paul City Councils have approved a resolution to oppose the amendment on the November 6th ballot. I would like us to consider doing the same. We approved the Domestic Partner Registry and this is one more step to eliminate injustice and discrimination.

Mayor Ardell F. Brede

City of Rochester, Minnesota


From: Evan Wolfson, Freedom to Marry []
Sent: Monday, January 23, 2012 12:06 PM
To: Brede, Ardell
Subject: Meet the Mayors for the Freedom to Marry

Dear Ardell,

In small towns and urban centers we meet, we fall in love, and we contemplate marriage.

That’s why it is so fitting that the leaders of cities all across America came together on Friday to launch Mayors for the Freedom to Marry, a bipartisan group of more than 100 mayors who have pledged to support the freedom of same-sex couples to marry.

Mayors for the Freedom to Marry is part of Freedom to Marry’s national campaign to expand public support for ending marriage discrimination.

Watch the video featuring highlights from the launch event at the United States Conference of Mayors’ winter meeting in Washington, D.C. and then share the video with your family and friends.


That mayors from diverse political persuasions, from red states and blue states, from cities and towns, have stepped forward to talk about why same-sex couples should be able to marry shows how far we’ve come and our momentum going forward.

The Mayors for the Freedom to Marry are making a powerful and unified statement about why marriage matters, how the freedom to marry improves the quality of life for all constituents, and how ending exclusion from marriage makes communities economically stronger.

Ultimately, these mayors know supporting the freedom to marry is simply the right thing to do — and understand that the way to make it happen is to engage with others and make the case.

Watch our highlight video of the Mayors for the Freedom to Marry announcement and then share it with your family and friends in Rochester.

Thanks for all you do,

Evan Wolfson
President, Freedom To Marry

P.S. Find out if your mayor has joined Mayors for the Freedom to Marry. If he/she hasn’t, please ask him/her to take the pledge:

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