Marriage debate reignited at State Capitol

10:16 PM, Feb 14, 2013   |    comments
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ST. PAUL, Minn. - On Thursday afternoon, unless you were lucky, you couldn't see what was going on in the rotunda. It was packed four people deep as Minnesotans United for All Families held a Valentine's Day rally for legislation securing freedom to marry for same sex couples.

"It's the fair thing to do. Everyone should be able to marry the person they love, hands down. That's why I'm here," Rozanne Nohre with Minnesotans United said.

This enthusiastic crowd is waiting on legislation.

"The bill will be dropped in, in about a week or so," said Minneapolis DFL Senator Scott Dibble. He called the legislation simple, and says it's about love.

"It repeals what we call the so-called Defense of Marriage Act. The time is right. We've been dealing with this issue for over ten years. It's really time to just settle it and move on," he told KARE 11.

A house companion bill is expected to be introduced in the coming days.

"The wrong priorities" is how Republican Senator Dave Thompson of Lakeville described it. "If they want to move those kinds of things, that is fine. I think Minnesotans sent a pretty clear message they want us to deal with the fiscal situation and that's what we believe should be done."

Thompson believes Minnesota's mood is for marriage status quo, not change. Minnesota for Marriage, One Man One Woman, offered a rebuttal through Bobby Lopez. "It wasn't prejudice that made my home life so difficult, it was the fact that there was no dad there," Lopez said.

Lopez was raised in California by his mother and her female partner. He believes same sex marriage will hurt children. "You can't be in the business of changing the marriage laws so that you get a few extra hundred dollars and then take away the rights of other children to have a mom and a dad," he concluded.

Last year, the conversation was put to the voters. This year, it'll be in front of lawmakers.

"So I think it's the same conversation, it's just a continuation of it," Nohre concluded.

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