We are proud to stand alongside former Vice President of the United States Walter Mondale and retired Minnesota Supreme Court Chief Justice Kathleen A. Blatz in opposing a proposed amendment to the Minnesota constitution that would permanently ban marriage for same-sex couples in Minnesota.
Vice President Mondale and Chief Justice Blatz provided their reasons for opposing the proposed amendment in an open letter published by Minnesotans United for All Families, a broad coalition of organizations and community and business leaders. The letter explains that “the proposed anti-marriage amendment would be a constitutional knot tying the hands of our chosen representatives as we learn from the experience of other states on the issue of marriage. We owe it to ourselves, to our children and grandchildren, and to the legacy of this state to vote NO.” Vice President Mondale and Chief Justice Blatz concluded their letter by stating, “Regardless of your own opinions on the underlying issue, we should be united in our belief that the proposed constitutional amendment erodes the aspirational ideal that a constitution is foundational to our democracy and it exists to protect the rights of all.”
For years, the lawyers and staff of Baillon Thome Jozwiak & Wanta LLP have stood up against sexual orientation discrimination in the workplace. Frances Baillon and Joni Thome recently represented a Minneapolis schoolteacher in her case of hostile environment discrimination based on sexual orientation and retaliation. The teacher had been subjected to several years of discrimination because she is lesbian, and after she reported the harassment several times, she was ultimately terminated from her job. The trial court awarded over $234,000.00 in damages and attorneys' fees.
We are excited to work hand-in-hand with Minnesotans United for All Families and its constituent members of faith, labor, progressive, and nonpartisan organizations, communities of color, current and former elected officials, Republicans, Democrats, Greens, Independents, and Libertarians. All have joined to defeat the constitutional amendment which would limit the freedoms of Minnesotans and ban marriage for same-sex couples in Minnesota. Matthew Nolan and Aimee Gunaseelan have volunteered to be our firm captains for our efforts to support Minnesotans United for All Families.