The Friends School of Minnesota School Committee approved a minute on May 15, 2012 to express its opposition to the passage of upcoming vote on a constitutional amendment limiting marriage. All persons are created equal and should enjoy equal rights under the law.

A minute is a written statement representing the view of the group on a certain topic. In this case, the Friends School of Minnesota School Committee minute on the proposed marriage amendment expresses the perspective of the whole group on the amendment as it relates to our school’s Quaker identity and values.

Minute

Approved 5/15/12

Friends School of Minnesota (FSM) prepares children to embrace life, learning, and community with hope, skill, understanding and creativity. We are committed to the Quaker values of peace, justice, simplicity and integrity.

As a Friends school, we are grounded in the faith that the Light of God exists within every person. Through inward reflection, every individual may experience the Light as a continuing revelation of truth and love. The spirituality of Friends is not only inward, but outward as well. Inward enlightened reflection, discerned through a Quaker meeting community, transforms the individual and guides him or her to find ways to better society.

Over time, the Light, being one truth, has led Quakers in the same direction, toward the same societal goals. Certain principles prevail. These common leadings have become known as “testimonies,” which are often expressed as values such as simplicity, peace, integrity, community, and equality.

Equality was the earliest Quaker social testimony. The testimony of equality has led Quakers to the forefront of many social justice movements, including equality of women, the abolition of slavery, and today, equal rights for gays and lesbians.

This November, the people of Minnesota will be asked to vote on the following ballot question:

Shall the Minnesota Constitution be amended to provide that only a union of one man and one woman shall be valid or recognized as a marriage in Minnesota?

The constitutional prohibition of same sex marriage in Minnesota is wholly inconsistent with FSM’s commitment to equality. If passed, it will not be possible for marriages of same sex couples to be legally recognized under Minnesota law.

Following the work and request of our 8th grade students’ capstone project about the proposed constitutional amendment and the Quaker values that guide the FSM community in its work, the FSM School Committee is led to express its opposition to the passage of this amendment. All persons are created equal and should enjoy equal rights under the law.

– The Friends School of Minnesota School Committee