- March 12, 2013
Post submitted by Trevor Chandler, former HRC Associate Regional Field Director
Making history for a second time today, the Minnesota House Civil Law Committee has passed marriage equality legislation by a 10-7 vote. Earlier today the Senate version sponsored by Senator Scott Dibble and coauthored by Republican Senator Brenden Petersen passed committee by a 5-3 vote.
It's been a long but exciting day with staff arriving at our action center next to the Capitol at the MN AFL-CIO offices at 5am. From there we were able to have phone banks, a watch party, as well as areas where people could write testimony to be submitted to the committees.
The testimony from those supporting marriage equality was emotional and uplifting with Minnesotans baring their souls about hardships, hope, and family affected by not having the ability to marry the person they love. And as has become typical, those opposing same-sex marriage brought out the same tired and hateful attacks we've come to expect but are hurtful nonetheless.
We move forward with huge momentum as we work towards a vote on the floors of the House and Senate. There is continued work to do and we will be making sure that each and every lawmaker in St Paul hears from equality supporters across the state right up until we have the vote.