City of Waterloo, Pop. 3300: Against the Ban
The City Council of Waterloo passed a resolution last night against the civil unions and marriage ban.
Waterloo is located in the district of state Senator Scott Fitzgerald, the lead senator sponsor of the ban.
From a press advisory released today:
The bill’s sponsor, Alderperson Michael Kent, opened the discussion by recognizing the positive contributions of gay, lesbian and transgendered individuals to the state and the community.The text of the Resolution reads:
“They are an asset for our state.” Kent said, “They hold jobs and pay taxes just like everyone else. There is no rational basis for the discriminatory animus some people seem to hold towards homosexuals. They aren’t hurting anyone, leave them alone.”
The Common Council of the City of Waterloo does hereby resolve as follows:
WHEREAS, the Wisconsin State Legislature has voted to approve an Amendment to the Wisconsin Constitution reading "Only a marriage between one man and one woman shall be valid or recognized as a marriage in this state. A legal status identical or substantially similar to that of marriage for unmarried individuals shall not be valid or recognized in this state."
WHEREAS, this proposed amendment will be on the ballot in November, 2006;
WHEREAS, this amendment will, in effect, create a Constitutional bar to the legal recognition of gay marriages, and bar the legal recognition of civil unions for both homosexual and heterosexual couples;
WHEREAS, gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered individuals are valuable, contributing, taxpaying members of our state and community;
WHEREAS, there is social value in encouraging stable, monogamous relationships, irrespective of the sex of the participants;
WHEREAS, the economic future of Wisconsin depends on attracting and retaining educated workers and new businesses, and that this amendment could have the effect of discouraging high-value workers and businesses from locating in our state and community;
WHEREAS, the people of Wisconsin are tolerant of diversity and disfavor government intrusion into the private lives of its citizens;
WHEREAS, a clear preponderance of the credible scientific evidence to date strongly suggests that sexual orientation and/or identity are immutable personal characteristics,
WHEREAS, there is no credible reason to believe that homosexual partnerships pose any threat to heterosexual marriages, nor the community at large;
WHEREAS, Article One, Section One of the Wisconsin State Constitution reads “All people are born equally free and independent, and have certain inherent rights, among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.”;
THEREFORE, be it resolved that the City of Waterloo opposes the constitutional ban on gay unions and encourages its citizens to vote against the proposal.
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the City Clerk/Treasurer shall distribute copies of this resolution to media outlets and elected officials as directed by the Common Council.
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