DFL leadership has already begun to use rhetoric with undertones of letting this issue slide by eluding that the issue of legalizing gay marriage will be taken up after they resolve the budget concerns. “We have to do other things first,” Senate Majority Tom Bakk said. This is the same rhetoric and action, or lack there of, we have seen over the past few decades. Campaigns are won on this very issue in many of the metro areas and failure to follow through, yet again, only highlights the continued cooping of the GLBT community by those candidates.
If history serves to teach us anything, it’s that a DFL run legislature should never focus on the budget (destined to hurt everyone as it is sure to be laden with taxes and “revenue streams” and no common sense expenditure cuts); They should not ignore the same sex marriage issue.
Let’s hold our Senators and Representatives accountable and ask them to support the legislation. This legislation helps to ease the concerns by private religious organizations regarding their fears of being forced to marry same sex couples if it is against their doctrine. It would also help ease pressures on businesses who must now pay extra taxes when providing same sex couple benefits (currently treated as a gift and taxed heavily).
Seems to me that this would positively impact the budget and may even help ease talks on other budget items.
In the Senate, the bill SF 925 will be heard by the Judiciary Division of the Finance Committee at noon on Tuesday, March 12. These are members of that committee, with links to their legislative pages and contact information:
- Sen. Ron Latz (DFL) District 46 (Chair)
- Sen. Barb Goodwin (DFL) District 41 (Vice Chair)
- Sen. Warren Limmer (R) District 34 (Ranking Minority Member)
- Sen. Richard Cohen (DFL) District 64
- Sen. Kari Dziedzic (DFL) District 60
- Sen. Dan D. Hall (R) District 56
- Sen. Julianne E. Ortman (R) District 47
- Sen. Kathy Sheran (DFL) District 19
In the House, the bill HF1054 will be heard by the Civil Law Committee at 8:15AM on Tuesday, March 12. These are members of that committee, with links to their legislative pages and contact information:
- Rep. John Lesch (DFL) District 66B (Chair)
- Rep. Susan Allen (DFL) District 62B (Vice Chair)
- Rep. Peggy Scott (R) District 35B (Republican Lead)
- Rep. Mark Anderson (R) District 9A
- Rep. Debra Hilstrom (DFL) District 40B
- Rep. Mary Liz Holberg (R) District 58A
- Rep. Melissa Hortman (DFL) District 36B
- Rep. Jeff Howe (R) District 13A
- Rep. Brian Johnson (R) District 32A
- Rep. Tina Liebling (DFL) District 26A
- Rep. Jim Newberger (R) District 15B
- Rep. Michael Paymar (DFL) District 64B
- Rep. Cindy Pugh (R) District 33B
- Rep. Paul Rosenthal (DFL) District 49B
- Rep. Steve Simon (DFL) District 46B
- Rep. Ryan Winkler (DFL) District 46A
- Rep. Barb Yarusso (DFL) District 42A