As the Minnesota House prepares to consider a marriage equality bill, no GOP representatives have come forward to support it, which leaves the burden on House democrats, many of whom come from conservative districts. LGBTQ Nation explains:
But underneath those favorable signs, they also have a math problem. It’s a problem most potent in the Minnesota House. So far, not a single Republican has pledged support. If the DFL (Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party) majority is forced to pass it alone, only five members out of 73 could defect. And yet 17 House Democrats represent districts where a majority of voters wanted the gay marriage ban. A “yes” vote from those members could make them politically vulnerable when they’re up for re-election. “It’s a delicate situation,” said Rep. Tim Faust (DFL-Hinckley), whose largely rural, east-central Minnesota district backed the gay marriage ban amendment by 60 percent.
Unfortunately it’s often a handful of moderate to conservative democrats who hold the fate of these bills in their hands, and this will likely continue to be the case until marriage equality support reaches 60% or higher across the nation.
We hope these dems decide to do the right thing.