The major candidates for governor in Minnesota — except Republican-endorsed Tom Emmer — favor gay marriage and could shepherd a move to allow same-sex people to wed, reports the Minnesota Independent.
The publication notes that Emmer has long opposed marriage rights for same-sex couples:
“I believe marriage is the union between one man and one woman,” he says on his campaign website. “As a legislator, I have consistently supported the constitutional marriage amendment that protects traditional marriage.”
In 2007, Emmer authored a constitutional amendment to prohibit same-sex marriage and civil unions.
In many instances, Emmer has tried to change language in bills so that same-sex couples cannot benefit. In a bill to create standards around surrogate motherhood, Emmer attempted to replace the word “parents” with the words “mother and father.” In a wrongful death bill this session, Emmer questioned the use of the term “domestic partner” just as he has in bills aimed at providing benefits for same-sex partners.
The three major DFLers in the race, and endorsed-Independence Party candidate Tom Horner, seem “enthusiastic” about LGBT equality, says MinnIndy.
That led Monica Meyer, public policy director of OutFront Minnesota to say: “We are on the verge of being able to right some wrongs in state laws. In this election, voters have an opportunity to vote for candidates who champion justice and equality for all Minnesotans.”
In the story, DFLer Mark Dayton is quoted:
“I unequivocally support marriage equality, meaning the right of any person to marry legally the person he or she loves,” he told the Minnesota Independent.
“I think that enough of the citizenry has shifted that the right leader can persuade them to support same-sex marriage,” he said. “In particular, my sons’ and campaign staff’s generation of people in their late teens, twenties, and early thirties are especially supportive of marriage equality.”
DFLer Matt Entenza recently said he “will sign a gay marriage bill if passed by the legislature, but it would have to include provisions for religious institutions that choose not to perform or recognize same-sex marriage,” the story says:
“But if the Legislature passed that, and groups wanted to do that, yes, I would sign it,” he said.
DFL-endorsed Margaret Anderson Kelliher says she will sign same-sex marriage into law if she is Minnesota’s next governor:
“It’s a matter of fair treatment, and when you look at the number of different unfairnesses in the law on this issue, I think that it’s a matter that we can solve,” she said.
IP-endorsed Tom Horner’s stance:
“I think gays and lesbians should be equal members in all aspects of our society,” he said last week in a live blog with The Same Rowdy Crowd.
On legalizing gay marriage, Horner said, “In the meantime, I’ve been working to eliminate the statutory discrimination against same-sex partners.”