The University of Minnesota Senate on Thursday overwhelmingly approved a resolution opposing a proposed constitutional amendment which would ban gay marriage in Minnesota.

The University Senate includes faculty, academic professionals, civil service staff, and student representatives from the school's main Twin Cities campus and four other campuses across the state.

The resolution states that the amendment “would make it unacceptably difficult for [gay and lesbian] individuals to achieve the same rights, freedoms, respect, legal protections, and legal opportunities as heterosexual couples. The amendment is detrimental to the interest of the University of Minnesota and its faculty, staff and students.”

The resolution calls on all members of the University community to vote against the measure this fall.

Minnesotans United for All Families, the campaign working to defeat the amendment, thanked the school in a statement.

“We would like to extend our appreciation to the University of Minnesota Senate for taking a stand on such an important issue facing our great state. This amendment would only hurt thousands of committed couples and their families in Minnesota, providing not a single benefit to Minnesotans. The University Senate adds to the growing momentum sweeping across the state to stand united against this hurtful amendment that limits the freedom to marry. Minnesotans know that marriage is about love, commitment and responsibility. We thank the University community for its commitment to speaking out about why freedom is important, why marriage is important, and why defeating this amendment is so crucial.”