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Put Legalizing Same-Sex Marriage On The Fast Track

Posted: 11/09/12 15:55, Edited: 04/24/13 15:28

by Dave Mindeman

I hate to disagree with Senate leadership right off the bat but I think Senator Bakk is making a mistake by not putting the repeal of the Minnesota DOMA law on the immediate agenda.

The amendment fight was a hard one. People in the VOTE NO campaign invested a lot....time, money, their heart and soul.

The vote on the amendment had MORE votes than in the Presidential election....Yes - MORE votes. That is unheard of... unprecedented. After all that blood, sweat and tears, the DFL Senate is telling them, you are back to square one.

Here are my reasons for putting same-sex marriage up for a legislative vote...

1) The VOTE NO campaign deserves their day. I am not sure that the DFL would be sitting on majorities right now without the ground swell of support against the amendment and the enormous participation in the campaign. Granted, some districts that supported the amendment also sent Democratic legislators and they will have to make tough decisions, but an up or down vote is deserved.

2) I can't imagine that the majority of the electorate doesn't assume there will be a vote on this. To sit on an illegal status quo will be a surprise to many who did not understand the full ramifications of what that vote meant.

3) Democrats need to solidify a constituency with the youth vote. They came out in force. To disappoint them now might turn all of this into a bad memory. If its politics as usual, cynicism may rule the day again.

4) The timing is now...as soon as possible. If same-sex marriage is legalized, people will have two years to see that it is not something diabolical and that it will not have negative effects on traditional culture.

DFLers are a cautious bunch. Sometimes I believe they think too much. But this is good policy. Fair policy. It needs to happen.
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11/09/12 20:56

QUERY : Is this Senator Bakk talking for himself or after doing a polling of the elected Senators ?

Frankly, I have not looked at the vote data but my impression is that this was largely passed in the Metro area and failed in the out state areas. If so, these Senators may look at what the voters said in their districts, and thus decide to heed the voice of the people ... remember the it failed to pass in CD-8, so is Senator Bakk looking at his own area ...

IMO, if the Legislature is going to address this issue, then they should do so very early on in the session (within the first 30 days ... after all, actions are taking place every day in this matter ... remember that a district court in Hennepin County found that the Minnesota Defense of Marriage Act did not prevent it from recognizing an out-of-state same-sex marriage for the limited purpose of identifying the heirs of a person who died without a will.

It will be a political football ... we just need a bipartisan stadium group to support it ... find some Republicans and Democrats backbenchers to lead the charge and take it away from Senator Bakk.

BTW ... I thought the Amendment had 2,910,044 votes while the President race had more when adding all the parties including the Libertarian, Green, etc.

Second question, why do you think the Marriage Amendment failed in Kline's District, but the Voter ID amendment was approved ?
11/09/12 17:51
I'll add one political consideration. Gov. Dayton campaigned on marriage equality and faces reelection himself in two years. If the DFL legislators don't take up marriage equality, they risk leaving the governor hanging out there by himself looking like he broke a promise.


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