Monday, June 21, 2010

Legalization of homosexual "marriage" likely in 2011 with DFL governor

Minnesota Independent agrees...legalization of homosexual marriage is likely if Minnesotan’s elect a pro-homosexual marriage governor.

“Same-sex marriage advocates think 2010 is their best chance yet to realize equality for gay and lesbian people. But a key factor will be who ends up occupying the governor’s mansion after Tim Pawlenty moves out — and whether he or she supports Minnesota joining the five other states and Washington, DC., that allow same-sex couples to wed.”

Rep. Tom Emmer – the only candidate who will protect marriage as between one man and one woman and supports the peoples right to vote on a marriage amendment. “I believe marriage is the union between one man and one woman,” he says on his campaign website. “As a legislator, I have consistently supported the constitutional marriage amendment that protects traditional marriage.”

Monica Meyer of OutFront Minnesota couldn’t make it any plainer, “…with a LGBT friendly legislature, finding a LGBT-supportive governor to replace Pawlenty is important.

“In the past few years, the majority of the Minnesota Legislature has voted in favor of legislation to help address some of the discrimination LGBT people and their families face,” she said. “In fact, OutFront Minnesota had six bills passed by a Legislature hopeful about addressing the bullying LGBT and others face in our schools, ending the unequal treatment some state employees face because they are not allowed to provide health care to their domestic partners and children and tackling other areas of discrimination in our state laws, but all of those bills were vetoed by our Republican Governor, Tim Pawlenty.”

There is a lot of spin in this article, however, gay activists agree that electing a pro-homosexual marriage governor in November is critical to legalizing homosexual marriage in the 2011 legislative session.


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