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DFL Chair Martin praises Obama’s endorsement of gay marriage

He says Obama’s support comes at a critical moment in the fight for full equality for LGBT Americans.

Minnesota DFL Chair Ken Martin praised President Obama’s announcement of support for gay marriage.

In a statement, Martin said:

“Yesterday was a very proud day on the road toward equal rights for all Americans.  I want to thank President Obama for stepping forward in support of marriage equality and affirming what so many of us believe wholeheartedly: that no one, regardless of sexual identity or orientation, should be denied the right to marry the person they love, and that no American should be denied equal protection under law simply because he or she has a same-sex partner.  

“The President’s words of support arrive at a critical moment in the fight for full equality for LGBT Americans, and they will no doubt have a far-reaching impact.  Yet our success on marriage equality will continue to be decided on a state-by-state basis at the ballot box.  And as … results in North Carolina show, we cannot take anything for granted.  There is still a great deal of work ahead to make sure the outcome is different in Minnesota this fall.  It is critical for all of us to continue to organize, and to have personal conversations with our friends and neighbors about why marriage equality matters, so that we may one day look back and remember 2012 as the year Minnesota helped to turn the tide on the hateful, discriminatory amendments that threaten to put marriage equality out of reach. 

“I believe we can defeat the anti-marriage amendment in Minnesota this year, and in so doing, provide an example for other states to follow.  But we can only do this by standing up, making our voices heard and building a strong coalition that includes people of all political persuasions.  We must demonstrate that marriage equality is not a progressive or conservative issue, but rather an issue of human dignity, fairness and respect for all Americans.  When we accomplish that, we will be well on our way to making history.”