Why Governor Dayton’s Symbolic Veto Of Minnesota’s Anti-Equality Amendment Matters

On Election Day 2012 Minnesota voters will decide whether to amend their state constitution with a ban on marriage equality. Even though the state legislature made the decision to put it on the ballot, Governor Mark Dayton doesn’t have the power to veto their decision, but that didn’t stop him from issuing a symbolic veto anyway. It won’t stop the vote, but it will send a powerful message to the entire state about this “divisive and destructive” amendment and give the state’s LGBT and marriage equality groups a very good start in the uphill battle against it. Plus, he has set a strong example of leadership that others political leaders can emulate, bringing closer the day when a politician can support queer rights with no one raising an eyebrow.

Fun fact: openly gay Minnesota Representative Karen Clark and Senator Scott Dibble stood with Dayton during his brave announcement.