Minnesota's marriage fight will flare anew at Capitol

  • Article by: BAIRD HELGESON , Star Tribune
  • Updated: December 21, 2012 - 7:36 AM

This time, the push to legalize gay marriage will be the focus.

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freedomallDec. 20, 12 9:41 PM

Too soon. I am gay and I feel like there are more important things than to focus on social issues. After all, the previous party got booted out because their platform revolved around social issues. Start with focusing on repaying our schools the money owed to them, that is much more important!

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freedomallDec. 20, 12 9:48 PM

After re-paying our schools, then the legislature should look into Marriage Equality. I feel though that more importance should be given to Labeling GMO's and implementing Single-Payer health-care in this state like they did in Vermont. After all, the Supreme Court in June will overturn Prop 8/DOMA and Marriage Equality will be legal in all 50 States.

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minnguy34Dec. 20, 12 9:49 PM

The GOP cynically added the constitutional amendment to bring out their base on election day. They said that they wanted to promote a "conversation" about gay marriage. Well, there was a very long conversation and the result was that a powerful coalition in favor of gay marriage was formed. Gov. Dayton needs to understand that we have a representative government. He should not be looking to see if straight people are willing to allow gay people to have the same rights that they enjoy. He should make up his own mind.

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donm251Dec. 20, 1210:15 PM

SCOTUS will have the final say. Federal law trumps state law.

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taxdetectorDec. 20, 1210:31 PM

Allowing this may bring in more tax revenue since married couples filing joint and taking the standard deduction have to add $2000 to their MN taxable income in 2012 (up from $1950 in 2011). This Marriage penalty exists because MN does not conform to the Federal Standard deduction. Maybe as they lobby the legislature they could help get this fixed too.

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paige7Dec. 20, 1210:38 PM

Just because a majority of counties voted 'no' doesn't mean a majority of Minnesotans believe so. We don't cast our votes based on square footage. Having said that, the state could simply repeal DOMA and let people get married elsewhere which would make marriages legal here without actually legalizing it.

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crystalbayDec. 20, 1210:44 PM

Gay marriage is coming - it's only a matter of time. Gays having equal rights is the moral change we need.

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regexpDec. 20, 1211:42 PM

The legislature can grant equal rights to all Minnesotans and bring fairness to the families headed by gay couples while still fixing the budget mess. Its not an either or situation.

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asmithe2Dec. 21, 12 1:06 AM

Repeal DOMA, fix the budget and then go home. The haters are right. Minnesota didn't vote to support gay marriage. We voted to oppose a constitutional ban on gay marriage. The dems have two choices. Show they are on the right path on non-social issues and maintain power, or cash in their power for a brief legalization of gay marriage, and then watch the republicans outlaw it the second they get back into power. It's an issue worth trading majority status for, but lets be realistic about the likely repercussions.

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dazel21Dec. 21, 12 3:43 AM

Yep give them a inch and they will take a mile,how bout we follow Europes lead and just have no male female just one gender,no wonder the countrys in the toilet.

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