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Will Minnesota Be Number Twelve?

Jim Burroway

May 8th, 2013

It’s suddenly looking that way. The Minnesota House has called for a vote on a marriage equality bill for tomorow:

House Speaker Paul Thissen, DFL-Minneapolis, said he believes the 73-member DFL majority has the 68 votes needed to pass the bill allowing same-sex couples to wed, even without a single Republican vote.

As of late Tuesday, no GOP House members have said publicly they would vote “yes.”

Meanwhile, Senate Democratic leaders say they also have the votes to pass a same-sex marriage bill, and DFL Gov. Mark Dayton says he’ll sign it.

The Senate may vote on the bill as early as this Saturday. One GOP Senator, Branden Petersen (Andover), supports the bill. Some state Republicans, despite their opposition, see marriage equality as inevitable:

“Is it inevitable? I’d say probably,” said Rep. Michael Beard, R-Shakopee. “I mean, marriage is what it is, but they are redefining words and redefining meanings that have been in use for centuries because it is the cause of the week, the flavor of the month.”

The law, if passed, will go into effect August 1.

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jpeckjr
May 8th, 2013 | LINK

Sen. Beard, gay and lesbian folks have been working for equality under the law for well over 50 years. It is hardly “the flavor of the month.”

You must think equality under the law is a passing fancy rather than a foundational American principle.

You are wrong.

Ben in Oakland
May 8th, 2013 | LINK

The republicans put the anti gay constitutional amendment on the ballot last election. It failed when there was every reason to think it would succeed. And now it looks like we will get marriage equality in the Midwest a second time.

So, for the first time ever, I will say to the MN Republican Party…

Thanks EVER so much……assholes.

TampaZeke
May 8th, 2013 | LINK

Ending Jim Crow was once considered just the flavor of the month by racists. Bigots never change; only their targets.

Sandhorse
May 8th, 2013 | LINK

Sometimes the ‘bitter grapes’ of our opponents makes ‘fine wine’ for celebrating.

Regan DuCasse
May 8th, 2013 | LINK

Whenever I see the complaint departments of all these anti gay orgs let fly their objections, it’s almost funny how WE are called intolerant, the ‘real’ haters or bigots.
To them a comforting and churlish retort. However the proof of who is who is as easy as lining up how history’s most notorious haters described their target and how they wanted the law to indulge their prejudices.
Their own words are an echo, ours are not.
Their words reflect those quite accurately, the words of bigots and the prejudiced and the cruel.
Ours reflect those of the best and brightest warriors for justice and the dignity of all people.
Our detractors never though that their own words might come back to bite them, and they certainly try to deny that’s what they said or meant.
Bigotry is always and inevitably followed by cowardice.

Lindoro Almaviva
May 8th, 2013 | LINK

What I find most delicious of all is the fact that somewhere Michele Bachman is thinking about this and dreading. And lady Bachman? Well, let’s see how long that charade lasts

jerry
May 8th, 2013 | LINK

If the bill does pass, I think Hubert Humphrey would be smiling at the thought of expanding liberty. He would be just shy of 98 but I think he would approve heartily.

matt
May 9th, 2013 | LINK

Passed in the house,:78-59.

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