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.