Senator Dibble statement on House passage of marriage equality bill

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Earlier today the Minnesota House of Representatives approved H.F. 1054, a bill to grant same-sex couples the freedom to marry. The Minnesota Senate is expected to vote on the bill this coming Monday, May 13. State Senator Scott Dibble (DFL-Minneapolis) released the following statement:

“Today’s historic vote by the Minnesota House of Representatives is a very large step toward the freedom to marry for Minnesotans. We have cleared one of the final obstacles on our journey toward greater equality.

We have arrived at this moment because regular, hard working people across the state have shown the courage to live with dignity, step forward and tell their stories, talk to their neighbors, and stand up for equality. We have engaged in a statewide conversation about what family really means and the love we all cherish. Today we celebrate those values that unite us.

But even after today’s victory and after my colleagues and I in the Senate vote to put this bill on Governor Dayton’s desk to be signed into law, this vital conversation will continue across Minnesota. Our finish line is crossed only after Minnesota is a state where all Minnesotans have the freedom to marry the person they love, and where every family, in every neighborhood, in every community is valued.”

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Senator Scott Dibble
Scott Dibble represents District 61, which includes portions of the city of Minneapolis in Hennepin County.

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