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  1. Amaezm says

    the last 2 speeches were really wonderful. As a proud Minnesotan, I hereby exercise my right to not get married to my boyfriend of 5 years. ^_^

  2. Lars says

    Yay! Illinois better move its butt soon.

    What was the Rep/Dem split? Not to be a downer, but I was actually hoping the vote would be a little more lopsided.

  3. Kevin says

    Lars,only one Republican voted yes for the bill.
    I too am surprised there weren’t a couple more.
    There were two Democrats that said they would be no votes.
    They weren’t willing to take the risks the others did.

  4. Cyclone says

    Welcome to the club MN. Now the Midwest is ahead of the West Coast in terms of the number of states… time join Iowa and Minnesota, Illinois!

  5. RONTEX says

    Interesting fact: House was 56% for and 44% against, Senate was 55% for and 45% against. But WOO HOO, a win is a win!! Congrats to Minnesota for all the hard work and being number 12. Illinois, the ball is in your court…

  6. Patric says

    Chris is correct. Thirty-six of 39 Dems voted for equality today while 27 of 28 Republicans voted for bigotry and discrimination. Notably, many of the same Repugs who just a year ago voted to enshrine their side’s position in the state constitution now had the nerve to chide Dems for taking up such a “divisive” issue and implored Dems to consider how this law will make people on their side of the issue feel. They certainly weren’t singing that tune last year.

    Very proud to be a native Minnesotan and a Democrat (or DFLer, as Minnesotans would say) today.

  7. Francis #1 says

    Today’s vote in the Minnesota state Senate was more of a formality but the speeches were really powerful, emotional, heartfelt and inspiring. Amazing to witness history. Proud of Minnesota, congrats to all Minnesotans! These laws help so many feel welcome and appreciated and of course, brings thousands of couples closer to equality.

    @Howard, next is *maybe* Illinois. Equality supporters in the state are getting desperate because they know time is running out and the Illinois House is gridlocked on other issues. There’s fear now a vote won’t happen at all in Illinois.

    Outside of Illinois, our eyes turn to DOMA/Prop 8. We really don’t have true marriage equality until/unless we get a good result in SCOTUS. I read that SCOTUS is probably going to issue as non-expansive a ruling as possible because they want this issue to be worked out on a state-to-state level and without risking backlash against our community, as what has happened regarding abortion. We’ll see what happens, but right now, I’m excited as we’ve won in three states in three weeks!

  8. Kevin says

    LeRoy Stumpf, Dan Sparks, and Lyle Koenen. These Three Democrats voted against the marriage amendment.
    When we look out for Democrats to protect,these three shouldn’t be on it.

  9. candideinnc says

    I am happy for gays in Minnesota. It will be great if Illinois follows. What will be pathetic is if the Supreme Court fails to recognize its responsibility to a minority in this country and forces those of us in the brain-dead-backward-Bible-belt to live the rest of our lives as second class citizens in our pathetically stupid states.

  10. Francis #1 says

    I was a little surprised it was 37-30; I expected it to be a wider margin, I thought the Senate was the one where the margin would be totally clear yet the House vote was, one could say, more impressive.

    It will be important for Minnesotans to fight for their equality-minded legislators who are in districts where their vote could very well end up costing them their job to a Republican. Allowing Republicans to retake any control in the state will lead to vulnerability so it’s important to support and fight for these legislators that voted for equality.

    I took Minnesota for granted because it’s a Midwest state without thinking of their politics. Minnesota is probably the most truly liberal Midwest state and Democrats control both chambers so we shouldn’t be too surprised. Exciting nonetheless!

  11. Francis #1 says

    I was a little surprised it was 37-30; I expected it to be a wider margin, I thought the Senate was the one where the margin would be totally clear yet the House vote was, one could say, more impressive.

    It will be important for Minnesotans to fight for their equality-minded legislators who are in districts where their vote could very well end up costing them their job to a Republican. Allowing Republicans to retake any control in the state will lead to vulnerability so it’s important to support and fight for these legislators that voted for equality.

    I took Minnesota for granted because it’s a Midwest state without thinking of their politics. Minnesota is probably the most truly liberal Midwest state and Democrats control both chambers so we shouldn’t be too surprised. Exciting nonetheless!

  12. Icebloo says

    Evil Republicans must feel helpless. These states are falling like dominoes in our favor and we are doing it without the shi#head Republican votes.
    They only have themselves to blame – decades of spreading lies and stirring up hate about gay people has come back to bite them.
    We don’t need them any more. Public opinion is on our side now. It won’t change on this issue.

    FU#K YOU REPUBLICANS !

  13. Zlick says

    This has really been an awesome string of States turning from the dark side, heheh. I hope most of the Supreme Court justices are paying attention to the momentum.

  14. jpeckjr says

    Dan Sparks was my state senator when I lived in Minnesota (been gone 5 years). He won his first race in a tortured recount by only 3 votes, bigger margins since. I spoke with him about LGBT equality issues before I moved. I felt he listened politely but was uneasy about the conversation. Still, I’m disappointed in his vote. The state rep for the same area voted “yes” in the House, Jeanne Poppe. Will be interesting to see how the next election goes.

  15. disgusted american says

    this is all well and good – lets just see what the SCOTUS will do…….IF they come down with “states rights” ruling – then THEY ARE COWARDS………that they would think LGBT Americans should have to wait decades / especially in SOUTHERN States to have the RIGHT to marry in thier state….it will be a scar and black mark against the “ROBERT’S court”…I cant imagine the BS LGBT Americans would have to face – traveling around this country…one state your married, the next your not??? I guess will wait and see…..hmmmmm

  16. disgusted american says

    this is all well and good – lets just see what the SCOTUS will do…….IF they come down with “states rights” ruling – then THEY ARE COWARDS………that they would think LGBT Americans should have to wait decades / especially in SOUTHERN States to have the RIGHT to marry in thier state….it will be a scar and black mark against the “ROBERT’S court”…I cant imagine the BS LGBT Americans would have to face – traveling around this country…one state your married, the next your not??? I guess will wait and see…..hmmmmm

  17. JONES says

    While we congratulate Minnesota we must not forget that we have to keep this struggle going even more strongly in the parts of this country where our more unfortunate brothers and sisters have less hope of gaining equality.

    Thirty two states have constitutional bans that make their LGBT citizens ‘less than’ under law. Without help from SCOTUS ours will be a long protracted state by state battle that we will forever have to be vigilant on.

    It’s a fight we have to face up to and meet head on.

  18. JONES says

    ‘My deeply held religious beliefs’ needs to be thoroughly debunked before or during the next legislative debate.

    Does anyone actually believe that because their bigotry is blessed, enforced, or created by a religious organization that makes it excusable? If anything that makes it even more reprehensible.
    Doing evil while pretending to do good.

  19. Michael Bedwell says

    MUCH OF THE CREDIT FOR THIS goes to the memory of Cpl. Andy Wilfahrt, one of the last known gay soldiers to die in uniform while DADT was still law. Thanks to the tireless work of his Father Jeff and Mother Lori Wilfahrt who turned their grief into a campaign for equality the hearts and minds of many in Minnesota and around the country were opened such as Republican State Rep. John Kriesel in 2011 as seen in this video. http://youtu.be/aepSlHv3R_U

  20. MaryM says

    I am so happy that Minnesota has partially legalized equality for gay couples.

    Once that toxically homoophobic piece of bigotry DOMA is dumped then we’ll have equality.

    Why has Bill Clinton never apologized for causing such massive damage to so many loving gay couples?

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