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Historic Legislation to Secure the Freedom to Marry for Same-Sex Couples Passes Senate Judiciary Committee

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Jake Loesch, Communications Director
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March 12, 2013 – Saint Paul, MN – By a vote of 5 to 3, the Minnesota State Senate Judiciary Committee today voted to send legislation that would ensure that same-sex couples have the freedom to marry on to the Minnesota Senate floor for a full vote.

Senate File 925, authored by Senator Scott Dibble and co-authored by Senators John Marty, Branden Petersen, Tony Lourey and Terri Bonoff, would remove limitations on marriage for same-sex couples from Minnesota state law, while also protecting the important religious freedoms of clergy and faith institutions to practice their religious beliefs free from government interference or persecution.

Minnesotans United Campaign Manager Richard Carlbom released the following statement upon passage of SF925 through the Senate Judiciary Committee:

“This is truly a historic day for Minnesota and a victory for all Minnesotans. The passage of this comprehensive legislation today signals a turning point in our state’s history, and we look forward to seeing Senate File 925 come to the floor of the Minnesota Senate for a full vote. What the Senate Judiciary members proved today – and what we heard from numerous testifiers who spoke passionately in support of this legislation – is that marriage is defined by the love, commitment and responsibility that two people share. Minnesotans want to see our shared values represented in our state law, and those values simply do not include excluding some people from having the freedom to marry and pursue happiness just because of who they are. It is time to extend the freedom to marry to the thousands of loving and committed same-sex couples who ask for nothing more than to be treated fairly and equally by their government.”

“The passage of Senate File 925 through the Senate Judiciary Committee today is a historic moment for the State of Minnesota,” said bill co-author and Republican State Senator Branden Petersen. “I am proud to be a co-author on this commonsense, comprehensive legislation that will provide equal protection under the law to all Minnesotans. No matter one’s personal or religious beliefs, the question is not what the government’s role is in marriage, but rather, is it our responsibility to treat people equally under the law? As a strong proponent of limited government, conservative principles and individual liberty, I believe that it is.

I urge my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to support this bill. We all know that these families exist. By extending marriage to those families we extend the stability, and commitment that we all know marriage offers. This will benefit all Minnesotans, both families and kids.”

Added chief author Senator Scott Dibble: “I am overjoyed that my colleagues who serve on the Senate Judiciary Committee voted in favor of this bill today. Senate File 925 simply protects religious liberties and extends basic freedoms to thousands of Minnesotans who have waited too long to be granted the same opportunities and responsibilities that come with citizenship. I am confident that when this legislation comes to the floor of the Minnesota Senate for a full vote, it will pass with bipartisan support, because the values that unite us as Minnesotans are far more important than those that divide us.”

Minnesotans United, the campaign that successfully defeated the hurtful marriage amendment in 2012, is committed to securing the freedom to marry for loving and committed same-sex couples in 2013. 

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