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MN Lawmakers Plan Marriage Equality Push For January

6a00d8341c730253ef017c32e1e489970b-800wiNow that Minnesota voters have rejected an amendment constitutionally defining marriage as one man, one woman, activists and allies in the Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party there say they plan to push for full marriage equality early next year.

“This kind of closes the loop of the election,” said Rep. Alice Hausman, DFL-St. Paul, who looks to carry same-sex marriage legislation in the House.

Hausman, like Sen. John Marty, DFL-Roseville, who plans to carry a same-sex marriage bill in the Senate, points to the failure of the Republican-sponsored marriage amendment last election as evidence of the state reaching a consensus on same-sex marriage.

A conversation has taken place, they argue.

“To me, I think the time has come,” said Marty, who has sponsored same-sex marriage bills in the past.

Hausman and Marty believe that since about 20 GOP-dominated districts voted against the anti-gay measure in November, and considering that Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton supports marriage equality, this should be a no muss, no fuss process.

But not all their party peers agree: Senate Majority Leader-designate Tom Bakk told Star News he thinks lawmakers need to focus on the budget, not marrying people off: "I still think we need to have a pretty significant conversation around the state on that (same-sex marriage) subject."

And Republicans there seem ready for a fight, too: House Minority Leader Kurt Daudt is already accusing the DFL of flip-flopping on their political intentions. "What the DFL’s message (in the election) was, is that we shouldn’t be focused on divisive social issues,” he said.

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  1. Do it.
    Democratic governor.
    Dayton's chance to be the anti-Christie.
    And we have Chris Kluwe on our side.

    Posted by: ohbear1957 | Dec 20, 2012 9:22:57 AM

  2. Can someone please answer this question, and I'm almost terrified of the response as a Minnesotan. Would this be something on the ballot??? I CANNOT GO THROUGH THAT AGAIN!! The signs and the arguments and the commercials and the phone calls and the fundraisers and the stress stress stress. I won't live through that twice. I won't.

    Posted by: AJ | Dec 20, 2012 9:46:58 AM

  3. No, this would be a bill not another amendment.

    Posted by: Andy | Dec 20, 2012 10:45:54 AM

  4. Republicans always get tough and push their way into getting what they want and democrats just sit there and be "nice" and let it happen. It's time for Democrats to stop being such wusses and just do it- make it happen while they have the chance and the momentum on their side.

    Posted by: Thomas | Dec 20, 2012 4:26:47 PM

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