Gay marriage advocates not happy about MNGOPer's last-minute civil unions bill

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Kelly is upset with Dems for pushing marriage equality so soon after the marriage amendment vote.
Rep. Tim Kelly, R-Red Wing, will hold a press conference this afternoon to discuss his late-breaking plan to legalize civil unions instead of gay marriage this legislative session.

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But the legislators who are leading the push for marriage equality in each of their respective chambers -- Rep. Karen Clark, D-Minneapolis, and Sen. Scott Dibble -- quickly went on the record and said they don't support civil unions.

"It's a little late to be coming with something like this to deflect the momentum that's out there to really make sure that it's marriage equality, not a second class status that doesn't work," Clark told MPR. "It just plain doesn't work."

Dibble also expressed concern that civil unions are separate and unequal from marriages.

Speaking of gay marriage, Dibble told MPR, "Minnesotans are ready for this."

According to KMSP, "Kelly was one of four Republicans to vote against the constitutional amendment to ban same sex marriage [in 2011], but still believes gay marriage supporters went too far when their campaign shifted from defeating the amendment to legalizing same sex marriage."

The Dibble-Clark marriage equality bill was approved by House and Senate committees last month and is awaiting a full vote. Dibble believes the measure has enough political support to be signed into law this year, though the fact some Democrats openly oppose gay marriage while others remain undecided has raised questions about whether Dibble's confidence is justified.

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Here's a thought - how about worrying about jobs and the economy rather than legitimizing shit covered dicks!

green23 topcommenter

It's not as if passing a civil unions bill precludes legalising SSM. 

I'm a strong supporter of legalising SSM, but you have to recognise the political realities. Time is strongly on our side, and we should take what we can get rather than narrowly losing on SSM. If we go for broke and lose, it will set back the effort for years and strengthen a crumbling evangelical movement. There's really no need to take this risk. 

I've said this before, but the smartest move is to pass civil unions and recognise same-sex marriages from other States as valid. Then, people can just go to Iowa for the marriage and be recognised as a married couple for the year or two it takes for public opinion to shift enough here to allow for legal marriages in MN. 

No matter how close the vote is in the Legislature, a loss on SSM will be spun as a great victory for the Right and a confirmation of their awesome power. It will unify opposition and intimidate legislators who are on the fence. Most of the Right's influence is based on bluff, and a failure for SSM legislation just feeds into that. We're in the middle of a historic collapse of the Right in this State, which means that issues beyond SSM will soon be possible. Why throw that away in a fit of impatience?

Chris Pederson
Chris Pederson

What a jerk. There is no such thing as 'separate but equal'.


Separate is never equal. We need to grant freedom to marry to all committed Minnesota couples.

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