Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton Calls For Marriage Equality in State of the State Address

Governor Mark Dayton

Governor Mark Dayton

In his annual State of the State address yesterday, Minnesota’s Governor Mark Dayton urged law makers to pass marriage equality legislation.  Minnesota voters rejected a ballot measure to add a discriminatory constitutional amendment to ban same sex marriage last November.

“Let me mention one other cause, which is controversial, but consistent with my faith and my principles. And, more importantly, consistent with this country’s founding principles and its Constitution. I believe that every Minnesotan should have the freedom to marry legally the person she or he loves, whether of the same or other sex.

Last year, Minnesotans began a conversation about why marriage matters, and we found our common belief that it is about love, commitment, and responsibility. I want Minnesota to be a state, which affirms that freedom for one means freedom for everyone, and where no one is told it is illegal to marry the person you love.”

Adding Minnesota to the short but growing list of states where same sex marriage is legal would be especially significant.  So far, Iowa is the only Midwestern state to support marriage equality.

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