Majority Leader-elect Bakk: "Some real liberal constituencies" pushing marriage equality bill

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Bakk wants his caucus to try and forget about social issues for a while.
In 1997, the Minnesota Legislature passed a law banning same-sex marriage. Repeal of that bill would be the first step toward legalizing same-sex marriage here in the Land of 10,000 Lakes.

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More than 4,000 have now signed a petition calling for marriage equality bill this legislative session. But in remarks made this week to the West Central Tribune, Senate Majority Leader-elect Tom Bakk sounds like he wants his caucus to cool it on social issues for a while.

From the Tribune (emphasis mine):
One issue [Bakk] is fighting is eliminating a law that bans gay marriage.

"We are getting some calls from some real liberal constituencies on the gay marriage issue and repealing the language in statute," Bakk said.

Such requests were expected given the fact that it has been 22 years since Democrats controlled both chambers of the Legislature and held the governor's office. But Bakk said that Democrats have to balance serving their constituencies and adopting the budget.

"One of the challenges will be just to manage all of those expectations," he said.
Later in the piece, he suggests his "some real liberal constituencies" dismissal of marriage equality is more about politics than it is principle.

"I am pretty reluctant to get into anything that is of a divisive nature," Bakk told the Tribune. "There has been enough political rancor around here."

In other words, one of the most important DFLers heading into what should be a very interesting legislative session thinks pushing for repeal of the law banning same-sex marriage -- something united Democratic majorities along with gay-friendly Gov. Dayton could accomplish relatively quickly -- is a political loser, at least for now.

-- Hat-tip: Sally Jo Sorensen's Bluestem Prairie --

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Curtis Meyer
Curtis Meyer

I agree with Sara. We need giant gay weddings...with open bong bars.

Sara Haaf
Sara Haaf

as would weed, stamp a sales tax on it

Sara Haaf
Sara Haaf

Well, gay marriage would help the fiscal.

MicheleBachmann
MicheleBachmann topcommenter

It's never good politics to be a coward.  If Bakk doesn't know this is the right thing to do he is too stupid and evil to be in charge of anything.  Right now the government is denying people basic human rights.  You don't play politics with this, you do the right thing.    I bet if his civil rights were being restricted by the government he wouldn't want to take it slow. The DFL won because people wanted action.  Stop being a coward. 

A1batross
A1batross

We can walk and chew gum at the same time - repealing Minnesota's DOMA does NOT need to take considerable time. This pathetic timidity on the part of the DFL leadership is embarrassing and insulting to the voters who put them in office. This is an opportunity not to be squandered.

Bob Alberti
Bob Alberti

False premise: we can walk and chew gum at the same time.

Todd Hurst
Todd Hurst

Fiscal without a doubt. We don't get things good economically, social issues don't matter or exist.

BridgetCusick
BridgetCusick

@NorthernMNer We gotta stay away fr divisive stuff like #civilrights. I take it "real lib constituencies" code 4 "those ppl in the Cities"

MicheleBachmann
MicheleBachmann topcommenter

@Curtis Meyer It is funny to make jokes about it but then you think about all the people in prison because of nonviolent drug offenses.  It's terrible.  How many lives are going to be ruined by these terrible drug laws?

lawremipsum
lawremipsum

.@BridgetCusick @NorthernMNer What's wrong with "Leadership priorities are elsewhere, but we can walk & chew gum, unlike GOP."

NorthernMNer
NorthernMNer

@BridgetCusick He could have said: "We don't have the votes for that, but we do for other important matters." What an unskilled rube.

NorthernMNer
NorthernMNer

@lawremipsum @BridgetCusick Bingo. There are was to discuss what is possible to pass without taking a swipe at the base.

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