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04/19/2007


Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton Issues Executive Order on Bullying

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Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton yesterday issued an executive order on bullying, establishing a task force to study the problem in the state's schools. The task force of 15 people will study best practices, existing laws, and reports of bullying in schools. It will also define what it means to bully and provide recommendations by August of next year on policiy initiatives that should be taken to address the issue.

Minnesota's Anoka-Hennepin school district is the subject of lawsuits and a federal investigation over its policy that teachers take a "neutral" stance on sexual orientation which forces them to ignore anti-gay bullying. There have been seven student suicides in the school district in less than two years.

Read the Governor's executive order below.

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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

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Watch: Mark Dayton is First Minnesota Governor to Address Rally for LGBT Rights

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Twin Cities Daily Planet reports on an historic first for Minnesota:

OutFront Minnesota and other LGBT groups have been rallying at Minnesota's state Capitol for years calling for what should be regarded as basic right in the United States: equality. During all those rallies, they've never been joined by Minnesota's chief executive. Until now.

Said Dayton to the crowd, eliciting a huge cheer:

"I'm proud to be with you, to stand with you and pledge we will continue to work to fulfill the aspirations of Minnesotans and Americans who want the same rights, freedoms, opportunity, respect, dignity and legal protections and legal opportunities as every other one of their fellow citizens which the founding principal of this country."

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