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VIDEO: Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton Issues Symbolic Veto of 'Divisive and Destructive' Anti-Gay Marriage Amendment

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Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton today issued a symbolic veto of the recently-passed bill to put a ballot measure banning same-sex marriage before voters next year.

Minnesota's governor does not have the power to veto constitutional amendments.

Said Dayton: "Although I do not have the power to prevent this divisive and destructive constitutional amendment from appearing on the Minnesota ballot in November 2012, the Legislature sent it to me in the form of a bill...Thus, symbolic as it may be, I am exercising my legal responsibility to either sign it or veto it. Without question, I am vetoing it."

Openly gay lawmakers Rep. Karen Clark and Sen. Scott Dibble joined Dayton at the press conference

Watch Dayton's press conference, AFTER THE JUMP...

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  1. It's nice to see Democrats becoming more and more unabashedly pro-marriage equality rather than the wishy-washiness we've endured for years. They're total cowards to have waited this long, but it's nice.

    Posted by: Landon | May 25, 2011 12:50:09 PM


  2. Bravo for common decency in a State whose legislature has recently demonstrated uncommon indecency.

    Posted by: Bear | May 25, 2011 12:56:04 PM


  3. Way to go Governor Dayton.

    Posted by: PLAINTOM | May 25, 2011 4:00:52 PM


  4. Now that's a statement, even though he has no power in the situation. Would like to see this more often, instead of "its not up to me" that is prevalent.

    And if Target's pet candidate Tom Emmer was in this spot, he would have been cheerleading the effort.

    Posted by: PDX Guy | May 25, 2011 4:07:27 PM


  5. Let's always remember that Minnesota looked poised to possibly become the sixth state to recognize marriage equality until the unexpected takeover of both houses of the state legislature by Republicans last November. Had that surprising result not occurred, we might now be talking about Governor Dayton signing a marriage equality bill instead of our community having to spend resources to fight this hateful amendment. Republicans only were able to seize control of the legislature because the haters turned out to vote while too many LGBT and progressive voters stayed home last November. Thanks, LincolnLounger, Jason and all those others here who have argued that there is no difference between Republicans and Democrats and that the interests of our community would be well served by sitting out elections and withholding our votes from Democrats! Well played!

    Posted by: Patric | May 25, 2011 5:49:33 PM


  6. HELL YES. Go Dayton! I am EXTREMELY glad he did something like this. And actually, I think I would have been annoyed if not.

    Because seriously, what the hell has been happening to Minnesota? We want to remain the best and most progressive state in the Midwest, well then Democrats, you'd better put the freaking conservatives in check. They had their fun for a few years, and it's time it swing back to normalcy - AKA NOT BANNING GAY MARRIAGE.

    Posted by: HOCKEYJOCK | May 25, 2011 5:54:25 PM


  7. I'm glad we're turning a corner from candidates that are pro-equality hiding that away when they aid in progress to people coming out publicly to decry stuff like this even though it could cost them "family votes" or whatever

    Posted by: MadM@ | May 25, 2011 9:33:20 PM


  8. "Minnesota looked poised to possibly become the sixth state to recognize marriage equality until the unexpected takeover of both houses of the state legislature by Republicans last November"

    This is exactly what happens to a constituency that spends its time on www.towleroad.com (with the a## glued to the couch) instead of campaigning and giving voters a ride to the polling stations by the carload on election day. I hate to be the one to break this to you but you can complain on blogs for a thousand years and it wouldn't change a thing.

    Posted by: Mark | May 26, 2011 12:21:05 AM


  9. Guy's a hero!

    Posted by: Jeff | May 26, 2011 10:13:05 AM


  10. hanks, LincolnLounger, Jason and all those others here who have argued that there is no difference between Republicans and Democrats and that the interests of our community would be well served by sitting out elections and withholding our votes from Democrats! Well played!

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  11. Bravo for common decency in a State whose legislature has recently demonstrated uncommon indecency.

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  12. Minnesota's governor does not have the power to veto constitutional amendments.

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