Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton lobbies for same-sex marriage

  • Article by: Rachel E. Stassen-Berger and Baird Helgeson , Star Tribune staff writers
  • Updated: May 1, 2013 - 8:56 PM

Pressure comes ahead of House and Senate votes, expected soon.

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kd5757May. 1, 13 8:35 PM

Thank you Governor Dayton for providing the moral leadership on this issue. Social justice is the heart and soul of this country and deserves bi-partisan support.

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absinthianaMay. 1, 13 8:41 PM

As it should be. The irony is that two yers ago, this issue was completely off the radar in Minnesota. The GOP insisted on making an issue of it, assuming it would disproportionately bring those to the polls otherwise inclined to vote Republican. They were wrong. And now that they've put the issue front and center, they suddenly want it to go away. But it won't, not until it is legalized. Marriage equality is going to be passed in two additional states, RI and DE, in the next couple of weeks. IL will follow not long after, as will MN. And it looks like it has decent chances in CA, NJ and OH before the end of the year. It is inevitable in all 50 states; the question is not "if" but "when".

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sammy5542612May. 1, 13 8:48 PM

Growing up, I would hear stories about courage: Alvin York; the First Minnesota regiment at Gettysburg; the siege of Khe Sanh. Mark Dayton has more courage than anybody, as he supports gay marriage and higher taxes on the rich! He is the conscious of our DFL party and a true leader!

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kd5757May. 1, 13 9:17 PM

"Growing up, I would hear stories about courage: Alvin York; the First Minnesota regiment at Gettysburg; the siege of Khe Sanh. Mark Dayton has more courage than anybody, as he supports gay marriage and higher taxes on the rich!"........Laying down one's life is the ultimate sacrifice one can give for freedom and justice. Not willing to do what is right to protect freedom and justice because one fears losing their job is disgraceful. Any politician that is unwilling to risk their job to further social justice does not deserve to be called a leader.

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orpheus90May. 1, 13 9:33 PM

Autumn Leva is quoted in the article: “It’s further evidence that Governor Dayton and his Democratic allies are trying to force same-sex marriage on Minnesota,” ... Well, ain't that rich. It appears Ms. Leva is not above the arrogance of accusing others of using tactics she herself is no stranger to. Seems Ms. Leva can only enjoy her sour grapes with a side of hypocrisy.

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jeffreyro5May. 1, 13 9:57 PM

For the life of me, I can't understand why the religio-homophobes are making such a big deal of this, as if they have something to lose if same-sex marriage becomes legal. Their tactics, including lying, revenge, spreading hate, marginalizing gay people and their children, speaks to a mental illness, not someone with a sound public policy position.

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dmay88May. 1, 1310:02 PM

Following your conscience means that you will vote no to any redefinition of marriage. Minnesota will never be ready for this and attempts to do this will tear the state apart.

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keaton12May. 1, 1310:08 PM

I feel Dayton is forcing gay marriage on Minnesota. Why not let people vote. A simple vote and non of the confusing Yes/No vote where 30% of the voters don't even cast a yes or no because of the wording.

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pinelakelindMay. 1, 1310:20 PM

Thank you, Gov Dayton!!

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pman5595May. 1, 1310:25 PM

I can't believe people are suggesting that gay marriage be put to a popular vote. This is America. The will of the majority does not determine the civil rights of the minority.

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