Monday night, Concordia Student Government Association (SGA) passed an official position regarding the upcoming marriage amendment vote. Part of the position reads SGA “encourages a vote ‘no’ on the proposed marriage amendment taking place on November 6.” This is the first time, in known history, that SGA has adopted an official position on a political issue not regarding institutional policy since its inception in 1962. Much of the hour-long debate revolved around the arguments whether SGA should take a stance on a political issue.
The official statement also encourages a continued discussion on marriage equality. However, no concrete plans on how SGA would foster a continued discussion have been determined. The original resolution regarding an official SGA stance was submitted by Meg Henrickson and Levi Bachmeier. They decided to introduce an official stance to the SGA Forum because, as the resolution reads, “many citizens, colleges, and businesses continue to speak out on their position of the marriage amendment.”
The recent announcement of “Sin is Sin” shirts contributed to the reason for SGA taking an official position. Concerns also mentioned during the debate revolved around how outsiders would view the position. SGA was originally sanctioned to “act as the official representatives of the student body subject to the will of the students at large.” And while it should be noted that this official position is not supposed to be a reflection of the student body wishes, it is easy to see how some could confuse the language of the resolution to also include the views of the student body.
After some discussion concerning the effect an official position would have on alumni donations, SGA members were ensured that the effect on donations would be negligible, but only time will tell the true effect on donations. Regardless on your stance about the marriage amendment, I encourage a discussion stemming from both sides of the issue.
Letter to the editor submitted by Cole Kantos, SGA Academic Affairs Co-commissioner.