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

Will legislators pass a marriage equality bill this session? Thousands of Minnesotans want to see it happen.
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."

SEE ALSO:
-- 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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