Minnesota Senator Scott Dibble and Rep. Karen ClarkToday HRC staff was pleased to host Minnesota Senator Scott Dibble, Rep. Karen Clark, Equality Delaware Board Chair Mark Purpura, EqDE President Lisa Goodman, and Montana Conservation Voter Executive Director Theresa Keaveny to celebrate the tremendous partnerships forged to bring about the recent victories for the LGBT community.

Senator Dibble was key in defeating the state’s constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage. He was also a prime sponsor of the marriage equality bill, which passed just a few short months after voters defeated the marriage ban.

Putting Minnesota on the map as the “land of 10,000 lakes and marriage equality” sends a powerful message to future generations, said Dibble.

“I think about the LGBT youth, many of whom may not even be born yet, who are now able to grow up in a state where they can fall in love, get married and have children,” said Dibble.

Dibble said he was humbled to work alongside Rep. Clark, the longest serving openly gay member of any state legislature. The two have been longtime friends, even sitting side-by-side while Dibble served in the House.

Our partners at Equality Delaware spoke about the success they’ve had in the state, and their continued work to move equality forward. HRC and EQDE have worked side-by-side since January, first on the marriage equality bill and now on gender non-discrimination legislation. Just yesterday, the Delaware House Committee passed the Gender Identity Non-Discrimination Act. If the full House approves SB 97, Governor Jack Markell is ready to sign it into law.

“Please know you’re making a tremendous difference in your professional and personal life," Dibble told the HRC staff.

Now is not the time to rest on our laurels. Many obstacles remain in our continued path toward full equality. To show your support for marriage equality, visit www.hrc.org/red

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