Minnesota…the twelfth state to have same-sex marriage. Minnesota’s Senate passed the bill with a nice majority clearing the way for Governor Mark Dayton to sign the bill. The debate was, of course, typical. An exemption for businesses did not make it through the vote. Such language would have allowed businesses free reign to discriminate against LGBT people.
It passed 37 to 30!
In debating the final bill, Senator Marty stated “This legislation will finally change… and give them the same recognition that my wife and I have and most of the people in this room have. Nothing more. Nothing less. These families pay taxes, participation in their communities, go to church, active in the PTA. These families deserve the same rights that we do. There’ve been a lot of people in the building today who’ve been fighting for thise for several decades and it’s happening. It’s a beautiful day.”
Republican Sen. Carla Nelson, though, tried to claim that this would result in the denying of other’s opinions saying “This bill is intended to advance marriage results, and intended to provide exemptions based on religious associations and protect religious doctrines and beliefs. It is section 6 — relationship to other law — that causes me pause. it is expressly stated that the exemptions and protections do not … do not apply to religious associations, religious corporations, and non profits providing adoptions, foster care, or social services if they receive public funds. This bill denies rights of a different opinion. We must respect religious freedom. At the same time that we advance rights. This bill does not do that. While advancing the rights of some, this bill denies the results of others in the process.”
Except that it does not. If the religious association, corporation or non-profit wants to discriminate, all they have to do is stop getting money from the state. What she wants is for those entities to get taxpayer money for discriminating.
Republican Senator Mary Kiffmeyer relayed that she unhappy about the way in which the pro-marriage equality side “lied” to her about how defeating the marriage equality ban would not lead to same-sex marriage. She said “Do they feel betrayed? ABsolutely. Do they feel lied to? Ya.” She needs to read The Merchant of Venice in which Shylock states “The villainy you teach me I will execute, and it shall go hard but I will better the instruction.”
Senator Hall got up, demanded a bill that would allow people to discriminate, and claimed that God was going to destroy Minnesota or the like. Unfortunately, the next speaker didn’t say “Now who can argue with that? I think we’re all indebted to “Gabby” Hall for clearly stating what needed to be said. I’m particulary glad that these lovely children were here today to hear that speech. Not only was it authentic frontier gibberish, it expressed a courage little seen in this day and age.”
And finally someone calls the anti-gay Right on their “traditional marriage” lie of marrige being between one man and one woman. Senator Latz stated “ God made gays. Who are we to quarrel with God’s intentions. is it indeed for thousands of years, marriage has been defined as between one man and one woman. As i recall, Abraham had more than one wife. Jacob had more than one wife. Solomon had a thousand wives. Times change. perceptions about what’s acceptable change. There are places in teh US, when within certain faiths it is still acceptable for one man to be married to more than one wife.”
But other than that, it was pretty much what we expected.
On to Illinois!