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Minnesota's Marriage Equality Bill Coming This Week: VIDEO

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Minnesota Senator Scott Dibble is introducing marriage equality legislation this week, he told WCCO:

Dibble believes this legislation has the momentum to pass after voters defeated a constitutional amendment that would’ve strengthened the existing gay marriage ban.

“It’s just simply an amendment that removes the restriction that disallows some couples from getting married,” Dibble said. “My strong sense, even from folks in greater Minnesota, is that they’re comfortable with this, they know that Minnesota has changed a lot and is continuing to change at a very rapid pace.”

State Representative Karen Clark is expected to introduce a similar bill in the House. Neither she nor Dibble expect a vote on their bills until later this session after the Minnesota Legislature passes budget bills.

Gov. Mark Dayton has said he will sign a bill legalizing same-sex marriage if it reaches his desk.

Watch, AFTER THE JUMP...

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  1. This makes me nervous but excited too. Hope it passes before the Supreme Court rules in June. That would be another nail in the coffin for bigots everywhere.

    Posted by: RONTEX | Feb 18, 2013 1:28:25 PM


  2. Anti-gay bigots will use this as some weird talking point such as "see, we didn't ban homo-marriage in November and now they are forcing it on everyone."

    Their campaigns may cause some people in MN who voted against the anti-gay amendment to question themselves, so we need to be sure to educate people on this. This, in no way, is a reason to halt our march towards equality, but rather a call to anticipate the backlash and squash it.

    Equality was NOT won in the MN November election. Increasing discrimination was just stopped. People MUST know this.

    Posted by: kpo5 | Feb 18, 2013 2:10:09 PM


  3. After the seeming trend towards the right in the last several elections, this gives me hope for our state. It is possible and it is time.

    Posted by: JW | Feb 18, 2013 10:23:34 PM


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