MN Senate passes historic marriage-equality bill
ST. PAUL, Minn. – Senate lawmakers passed an historic marriage equality bill yesterday, paving the way for Governor Dayton to sign the same-sex marriage bill into law today. The Minnesota House passed HF 1054 last Thursday. Both chambers approved the bill with bi-partisan support.
Senator John Hoffman (DFL-Champlin) made the statement below following passage of the bill:
“Today we had a choice. A choice for equality, a choice for civil rights, a choice for fairness, a choice for stronger families and communities, a choice for individuals to marry the ones they love. I completely believe we chose today to do the right thing.
This is not a unique situation. Many groups have fought for equality and won. There is one less struggle when the Governor signs this into law. Today, I am also thinking about the equal rights struggle for people with disabilities, rights that have yet to be realized. I know this too will take courage. With today’s vote, we ended up on the right side of history.
This is a stepping stone for equality for all individuals. We have nothing to fear from love and commitment and only everything to gain.”