MN Senate passes historic marriage-equality bill
ST. PAUL, Minn. – Senate lawmakers passed an historic marriage equality bill on Monday, paving the way for Governor Dayton to sign the bill into law today. The Minnesota House passed HF 1054 last Thursday. Both chambers approved the bill with bi-partisan support.
Senator Roger Reinert (DFL-Duluth) spoke for approximately 10 minutes during the Senate floor debate yesterday. Excerpts of his comments included:
“Each time our country has reached this decision point, this crucible in history; we have come out on the right side of history and been a stronger country for it.”
“You have a right to expect what I expect, and likely our expectations are not incomprehensible to each other.”
“I vote today to give something that is not really mine to give. I am only a functionary, a person in the time and place in the history of our state and country. I vote today to recognize for all the very same desires I have for myself. I vote today to ratify for all the right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of public happiness.”
To watch Senator Reinert’s floor speech follow this link: http://youtu.be/PV6ZEDdG1E4