In his State of the State address yesterday, Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton took the opportunity to express his support for marriage equality, joining a cadre of politicians in support of loving, committed same-sex couples.
In his address, Dayton stated:
"Let me mention one other cause, which is controversial, but consistent with my faith and my principles. And, more importantly, consistent with this country’s founding principles and its Constitution. I believe that every Minnesotan should have the freedom to marry legally the person she or he loves, whether of the same or other sex.
Last year, Minnesotans began a conversation about why marriage matters, and we found our common belief that it is about love, commitment and responsibility. I want Minnesota to be a state, which affirms that freedom for one means freedom for everyone, and where no one is told it is illegal to marry the person you love."
Dayton is not the only governor this week to press for marriage equality. Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn called on lawmakers to take the step toward equality for LGBT Americans.
Last year, fair-minded Minnesotans prevailed, defeating an anti-marriage constitutional amendment at the ballot box. Now momentum is building toward passing marriage equality in 2013.
HRC is partnering with Minnesotans United for All Families as a major partner working to bring marriage equality to the state.