State Senator Scott Dibble, DFL-Minneapolis, expressed disappointment at today’s passage in committee of a constitutional amendment to ban marriage for same-sex couples in Minnesota.
“It’s very disappointing that Senate Republicans unanimously approved a constitutional ban on marriage between same-sex couples today but, sadly, it’s not surprising,” Sen. Dibble said. “This session, the Republican majority has proven they’d rather focus on the politics of distraction than the serious issues facing the state. They made it clear they were going to push forward with this irrational attack on Minnesota families, despite the objections of thousands of citizens and business leaders across the state.”
“Every Minnesotan should be outraged that Republican leaders are using one of the last weeks of the legislative session to marginalize one group of people and divide our state. There is a $5 billion budget shortfall that has yet to be solved, and our state’s economy is in desperate need of job-creating polices and ideas. We should be spending our time focused on unifying our state during this difficult time, not on social issues that do nothing to advance us.”
“This issue doesn’t help a single family in Minnesota, it doesn’t create a single job, and it actually harms our state’s economy and families. It is very troubling that we’re being asked to spend the final days of the legislative session focused on such a divisive issue.”