Sierra Club opposes Minn. anti-gay marriage amendment
Image has not been found. URL: http://images.minnesotaindependent.com/marriagerights360.jpgThe North Star chapter of the Sierra Club is the latest statewide group to come out against a 2012 ballot question that would add a ban on same-sex marriage to the Minnesota Constitution.
The influential lobby for the environment said Friday that it was jumping into the same-sex marriage debate because of its commitment to social justice.
“To achieve our mission of environmental protection and a sustainable future for our planet, we must attain social justice and human rights at home and around the globe,” said Margaret Levin, the state director of the Sierra Club North Star Chapter. “The Sierra Club North Star Chapter has a long history of working together to protect our communities and our planet. We do not tolerate injustice, and we will not stand by and allow our state constitution to be used as a means of dividing communities and harming families.”
It’s one of the first times a chapter of the powerful environmentalist group has backed an LGBT rights issue. The group declined to get involved in California’s Prop 8 battle in 2008 and Maine’s Question One in 2009.