Walker Art Center’s Olga Viso on why the contemporary art center opposes the marriage amendment on the ballot in Minnesota Nov. 6:
6 months ago
…First and foremost, we believe it is the ethical stance. We affirm that love is love, and that the Minnesota Constitution—a document created to define rights instead of impose restrictions—should not be amended to make value judgments about love. Further, the Walker long ago adopted policies and hiring practices that embrace diversity and reject discrimination of all kinds; these policies are respectful of sexual orientation.
But beyond that, we realize that creative communities like ours thrive when we can all be ourselves. The immensely talented people we work with include many who are gay and lesbian, and we support them and see them as friends and equals. We also recognize that the healthiest creative climates are open to all. To foster creativity, to attract artists and audiences, and to grow the state’s economy during difficult times, we believe we must be welcoming to all, regardless of the gender of their loved ones…