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SW Minneapolis Lawmaker Headlines Gay Marriage Rally

Advocates pushing for legalization this year.

On Valentine's Day, same-sex marriage advocates thronged the Minnesota state capitol to hear Southwest Minneapolis' state Sen. Scott Dibble (DFL-61) and a bevvy of faith leaders call for the legalization of same-sex marriage.

Dibble is widely expected to introduce a legalization bill some time this session, although he has repeatedly said the state's budget is his first priority.

The rhetoric echoed that of last year's campaign to defeat a proposed state constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriage. Instead of having a "conversation" with one's neighbors, though, advocates were asked to do the same with their legislators.

"I'm asking you to be brave again," Dibble told the crowd, according to the Pioneer Press.

"It is time for a conversation and (to) build a relationship with your legislator. Show them how much this matters," Dibble added.

The Pioneer Press also reports that Minnesotans United for All Families, the main pro-legalization lobby group, is focusing its efforts on rural DFLers and suburban legislative districts that voted "no" in the 2012 marriage amendment ballot. Polling on the issue shows voters are nearly evenly divided for and against legalization.

Anti-legalization group Minnesota for Marriage plans to hold its own rally at the state capitol building on Mar. 7.

Were you at the rally? What did you think of the speeches? Do you think the effort will succeed?

Dan Johnson February 15, 2013 at 10:56 PM
On 14 occasions, the Supreme Court has affirmed that Marriage is a fundamental right of the individual. All humans qualify for fundamental rights. Fundamental rights may only be delayed or restricted when a legitimate and compelling governmental interest for doing so can be demonstrated. Reasonable restrictions include age, ability to demonstrate informed consent, and not being closely related, or currently married. Gender fails to provide a rational, legitimate governmental interest in restricting equal participation under the laws currently in effect. Equal treatment under the law as promised in the founding documents and required by the 5th and 14th amendments, should not require debate. There is no legitimate governmental interest served by denial of equal rights. Opposite gender couple families gain nothing, and same sex couple families are harmed needlessly. It is time to set aside the irrational prejudice we were taught as young children, and treat others as we would ourselves, under the law.

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