ST. PAUL, Minn. – Senator Susan Kent (DFL – Woodbury) released the following statement after the Minnesota Senate passed the marriage equality bill.
“This bill is about fairness, equality, rights and justice. It is for loving, committed couples who need the protection that marriage provides so they can visit their partner in the hospital and their children have legal and emotional security.
“We need to ensure all couples have the same rights and recognitions under law without jeopardizing religious liberty. This bill explicitly states that no church or religious institution is required to perform, participate in or support a marriage that violates its religious doctrine. Additionally, the legislation adopts the term “civil marriage” to better distinguish it from religious marriages.
“In addition to bipartisan support in the Senate, both representatives from District 53, Representative JoAnn Ward (DFL – Woodbury, 53A) and Representative Andrea Kieffer (R – Woodbury, 53B), supported the measure last week. People on both sides of the aisle are putting aside partisanship to support love, freedom and equality.”