Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton is leading the push for marriage equality in the state, kicking off the effort with a passionate speech Thursday in St. Paul. The Minneapolis Star Tribune reports:
“Yes to marriage, yes to same-sex marriage, yes to the constitutional right, the American right, to marry the person you love,” Dayton told hundreds of cheering supporters. The DFL-controlled Legislature is weeks away from voting on a measure that would make Minnesota the 10th state to legalize same-sex marriage. Legislators are grappling with the issue as the U.S. Supreme Court takes a closer look at restrictions on same-sex marriage. Dayton dismissed a last-ditch proposal by opponents of same-sex marriage to offer gay and lesbian couples the protection of civil unions. “People don’t want to be civil unioned, they want to be married,” Dayton said.
We are glad to see Gov. Dayton reject the civil unions proposal, which is really just an attempt to derail marriage equality effort in the state.