BUILDING MOMENTUM

Votes Look Strong For Marriage Equality In Minnesota

Marriage equality supporters have reason to feel good after a string of victories this spring. First Rhode Island, soon Delaware and now it looks like Minnesota as well.

Advocates for a marriage equality bill there say that they believe they have the votes necessary to pass the measure when it comes up for a vote on Thursday.

“We are confident that the necessary votes to extend the freedom to marry for same-sex couples have been secured and that HF1054 will pass the House floor,” Richard Carlbom, campaign manager for Minnesotans United For All Families, says.

Senate leaders have already said they have the votes to pass in that chamber, and Gov. Mark Dayton has said he will sign the bill once it passes. Democrats control both the House and Senate in the Minnesota state legislature, and there has been a concerted and well-funded effort to shore up support among the legislators worried about re-election.

“This hasn’t been something we’ve been twisting peoples’ arms on,” said House Speaker Paul Thissen. “It’s about talking to people, hearing from constituents and those undecided legislators ultimately listening to their hearts.”

Just last year, voters in Minnesota rejected a ballot measure to restrict marriage to a man and woman. It seems that once the momentum for full equality starts, it just keeps building.

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3 Comments

  • Charli Girl

    Oh man,I’m getting sooooooooo excited!!! I’m going to rush out and buy my #12 T-shirt!!!!!
    Come on Minnesota !!!! I’m sure my T-shirt will have # 50 on it,but we are counting them down bay-bee!!!

  • ryanthehulk

    Moorhead MN resident here, update from the land of 10,000 lakes, the state senate has already allotted a Monday vote for the legislation should it pass the house on Thursday, if all goes through, the law will take effect on August 1st.

  • ryanthehulk

    Just watched it live, and the bill passed the house 75-59. It’s a good day to be Minnesotan.

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