Just three months after voters in Minnesota defeated a constitutional marriage discrimination amendment, lawmakers in the Gopher State plan to introduce bills in the House and Senate that would give same-sex couples the freedom to marry.
In an interview yesterday, DFL (Democratic-Farmer-Labor) State Senator Scott Dibble (left) told WCCO-TV that he will introduce a marriage equality bill this week because he believes it has the momentum to pass in the wake of November’s historic victory. And Dibble said that support for equal marriage rights extends far beyond the socially progressive Twin Cities metro area:
It’s just simply an amendment that removes the restriction that disallows some couples from getting married. My strong sense, even from folks in greater Minnesota, is that they’re comfortable with this, they know that Minnesota has changed a lot and is continuing to change at a very rapid pace.
DFL State Representative Karen Clark plans to introduce similar legislation in the House. Democrats control both houses of the Minnesota Legislature, but votes are not expected on either marriage bill until after the lawmakers pass a budget. Pro-equality DFL Governor Mark Dayton has pledged to sign marriage equality into law if given the opportunity to do so.