August 22, 2012 – Minneapolis, MN – Augsburg College, a private Minneapolis liberal arts college associated with the ELCA (Evangelical Lutheran Church in America), is the second higher educational institution in Minnesota to publicly oppose the freedom-limiting marriage amendment. Capella University joined the coalition last month.
Augsburg College President Paul C. Pribbenow’s office formally joined the coalition this week to defeat the marriage amendment on behalf of the school. Augsburg College, located in the vibrant Cedar-Riverside neighborhood of Minneapolis, has enrollment of 4,000 students of diverse backgrounds and employs 570 staff and faculty.
“Five of the six Minnesota synods of the ELCA in Minnesota already publicly oppose this amendment, and I’m proud to know that Augsburg College – a higher education institution founded on Lutheran teachings – recognizes that this amendment unfairly limits the freedoms of both students and religion alike in Minnesota,” said Pastor Grant Stevensen, Minnesotans United for All Families Faith Director. “Statewide, people of all faiths are joining our coalition in overwhelming numbers, and Augsburg’s decision today sends a clear signal that people, communities and institutions of faith alike are opposing this amendment because of their faith, not in spite of it.”