Marriage equality was approved in Minnesota with the recent Republican amendment to the bill, submitted by Rep.David Fitzsimmons, but not without criticism. Spurring debate over the legislation leaving religious institutions and private citizens vulnerable for litigation, social conservative Republicans and Democrats around the state are already crying foul.
A friend of LCRMN and supporter of same sex marriage, Richard Painter, wrote a blog about this issue on the Legal Ethics Forum. Read Article Hear.
Richard is currently a S. Walter Richey Professor of Corporate Law at the University of Minnesota, has served as Associate Counsel to the President in the White House Counsel’s office under Pres. George Bush, and the White House Christian Fellowship, and is also an active member in many Christian groups.
We understand that those courageous Republicans who supported the bills will face some backlash from their peers, their constituents, and most likely the new party leadership (though the house and senate leadership indicated there wouldn’t be any reprisals for supporting the bills in caucuses, that does not mean the state party won’t have a say).
It is imperative that we reach out to those legislators and show our support verbally, via email, with contributions to their campaigns, or even helping with volunteerism. Now is not the time to breath a sigh of relief, at least not yet.