Marriage Equality for Minnesota Now! petition approaching 4,000 signatures

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Will legislators pass a marriage equality bill this session? Thousands of Minnesotans want to see it happen.
Incoming Senate Majority Leader Tom Bakk thinks the state's "serious financial challenges" should by the legislature's first priority when the next session begins in January.

Even openly gay Sen. Scott Dibble is preaching restraint, saying, "I think we need to just pause for a second and really understand what this victory yesterday means... I don't know if we're going to immediately proceed to an effort to repeal Minnesota's DOMA (Defense of Marriage Act) law, but I do know that we are going to continue to take a look at having this discussion."

-- Andy Parrish on marriage amendment defeat: 'We won 74 out of 87 counties'
-- MN for Marriage's concession: "God has defined marriage as between one man and one woman"

But that's not good enough for the thousands of people who have signed a petition demanding "Marriage Equality for Minnesota Now!"

The petition, which will be delivered to both legislative chambers and the governor, calls on lawmakers to "Please pass and sign legislation guaranteeing marriage equality in this legislative session." (To view and/or sign the petition, click here.)

"Minnesota voters soundly rejected an attempt to write a ban on same-sex marriage into the Minnesota Constitution," the petition says. "It's time for marriage equality for all Minnesotans." As of this afternoon, it had been signed by just under 4,000 people.

If the DFL is serious about marriage equality, it certainly seems like a bill legalizing gay marriage could be passed and signed into law without getting in legislators' way as they confront the state's "financial challenges," doesn't it?

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MicheleBachmann topcommenter

The DFL would be stupid as hell to not pass this in the next two years.  It would fire up their base while making Republicans talk about this issue non stop.  Anytime you get a Republican talking about gay people they sound like stupid bigots and lose votes.  Since the Republican party is mostly stupid bigots issues like this will be winners for the DFL from now on.   Most people can't understand tax policy but they understand bigots like Michele Bachmann are not to be trusted with nuclear weapons. 

Jean Claude Cau
Jean Claude Cau

Watch our outstate politicians run for cover now that the election is over.

CinBlueland topcommenter

 @MicheleBachmann MB! :)

Look.. 4k signatures? Really?  I'm actually all for it, get's it off the table as an "issue" next election cycle.

We've got serious financial issues looming over our shoulder, a paltry 1.5% growth rate isn't going to cut it, regardless of tax increases.

The R's should have run Christie, end of story.. Liberal social, Conservative financial.

But oh well, now us conservatives get to sit back and watch liberal ideas in full play.

Obama inherited the Dem controlled "Budget".  D's picked up some senate and house seats.. So.. It's all yours. :)

If you say Bush anything.. I'll slap you with a trout.

MicheleBachmann topcommenter

 @CinBlueland The reason the economy sucks is because Bush wrecked it and the Republicans won't let Obama fix it.  I won't stop blaming Bush because it is facutally correct the crappy economy is his fault.   Just like the debt is Bush's fault.  Obama would have beaten Christie as bad as he beat Romney.  Obama is great President and a great campaigner.  You don't have the brainpower to take down Obama.  He would always win.

CinBlueland topcommenter

 @MicheleBachmann Wait.. Just reread that.. "Approaching 4k" signatures..  Again, don't care who's banging who.. But think you forgot to bring them along for the gay marriage thing.

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