State lawmakers praise President Obama’s statement on marriage

State Senator Scott Dibble and State Representative Karen Clark, DFL-Minneapolis, praised President Barack Obama for publicly supporting marriage equality for same-sex couples this week, saying his leadership on the issue helps remind Americans what marriage really is about.

“Marriage has been turned into a political football in recent years, but President Obama’s action today helps focus attention back on what marriage is really all about: love, commitment, and building a life together,” Sen. Dibble said. “These are very basic, fundamental freedoms that the President rightfully recognizes belong to every American and should not be jeopardized. I couldn’t be more proud to have a president willing to stand up for these values.”

“President Obama cited the basic value that we treat our fellow citizens, every human being, as we wish to be treated ourselves. I hope every Minnesotan follows the president’s lead and asks the same question as we approach the marriage vote this November. That is the definition of equality, and no law should promote anything to the contrary.”

Rep. Clark added, “Minnesotans and the country are growing weary of divisive, polarized politics undermining the important work to advance opportunity for all, which lawmakers really should be focused on. It’s so uplifting to have a president stand up for uniting people, not dividing them; for promoting equality rather than discrimination; and for supporting love and commitment, two of the most basic, traditional values of this country. President Obama’s actions remind all of us that freedom is for everyone – even the freedom to marry. It’s a bold but basic message that, hopefully, will remind Americans and Minnesotans what this conversation truly is about.”

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