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Same-Sex Couples Understand the Importance of Marriage…and Can Now Marry in Minnesota

Phew!

Same Sex Marriage is finally the Law of the Land in Minnesota!!

Families are (and should be!) celebrating, because on Tuesday, May 14, 2013, Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton signed Gay Marriage into Minnesota law.Same-Sex Marriage
I am an attorney and mediator.  I specialize in Family Law and my job is to help people work through issues within their marriage, as well as to help dissolve them.  Obviously, I see considerable problems in marriages. However, with all the troubles that can arise within a marriage, I am still a firm believer in the institution.  In fact, I will celebrate my 14th wedding anniversary this summer. I believe everyone should have the ability to marry the person they love.
I am relieved that Minnesota has finally stepped up to the plate and no longer will deny two people who love each other the fundamental freedom of marriage. In Minnesota, we are no longer prohibiting a considerable portion of our populations’ equal rights.  Let’s just hope more states start to fall in line.
Good job, Minnesota.  It’s about time.

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Same-Sex Marriage Close to Reality in Minnesota

Well, thank goodness, we appear to be very near the end of this battle for equality and social justice when it comes to same-sex marriage.  As I blogged about previously:

When Republicans pushed to amend the Minnesota Constitution to ban gay marriage, I would have liked to have heard whether anyone in the room thought to speak up and say hmmm…, are we going to lose and in the process of losing create a massive, grass-roots organization of gay rights supporters that will then pass gay rights legislation in the next legislative session?  I’m thinking that everyone was so overconfident that they never gave that a serious thought.  Well, that’s fine with me, because it is about time we had a conversation about whether it is right to deny committed gay relationships the legal recognition that they deserve.

Now, tomorrow, Tuesday, May 9, 2013, the Minnesota House is scheduled to vote to make same-sex marriage law.  The odds are apparently good that it will pass.  Then, according to the Star Trib, the Senate is expected to pass it also.  The Governor has always supported the bill and has said he will sign it into law.

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Gay Marriage on Agenda for 2013 Minnesota Legislative Session

When Republicans pushed to amend the Minnesota Constitution to ban gay marriage, I would have liked to have heard whether anyone in the room thought to speak up and say hmmm…, are we going to lose and in the process of losing create a massive, grass-roots organization of gay rights supporters that will then pass gay rights legislation in the next legislative session?  I’m thinking that everyone was so overconfident that they never gave that a serious thought.  Well, that’s fine with me, because it is about time we had a conversation about whether it is right to deny committed gay relationships the legal recognition that they deserve.

Here’s an article on the upcoming gay marriage push in the 2013 Minnesota Legislature titled Minnesota’s Marriage Fight Will Flare Anew at Capital.

From the article:

Both sides of the marriage amendment fight are reuniting their troops as they prepare for what is rapidly emerging as the next frontier in the battle — a push to legalize same-sex marriage in the Legislature.

“Our intention is to make sure gay and lesbian couples have the freedom to marry after the 2013 legislative session,” said Richard Carlbom, campaign manager for Minnesotans United for All Families. The group is reconfiguring its operation that defeated the proposed marriage amendment on Election Day.

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More Households Non-Married than Married, according to Census says StarTribune Article

More households are non-married households than married in the twin cities metro according to the census, says the StarTribune. This, on the heals of the Minnesota legislature pushing through a party-vote to put a constitutional amendment defining marriage before the citizens for a popular vote next fall during the 2012 election. Do we have marriage anxiety? Are these two things connected? Does the Republican legislature want to define marriage in the constitution in order to preserve “Christian” marriage. Is a constitutional amendment going to shore up people’s views/attitudes toward marrying in the first place and (possibly) getting divorced? Here’s a quote from the StarTribune article titled “Census, Saying No to Marriage“:

In a switch that highlights enormous changes in the American family, married couples no longer make up the majority of households in the Twin Cities area.

A new release of 2010 state data by the U.S. Census Bureau on Thursday shows that 48.6 percent of households in the seven-county metropolitan area were married couples. That’s down from 50.9 percent in 2000. The rest of Minnesota is not far behind, with 50.8 percent of households made up of married couples.

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Family Equality Council is Working to Support LGBT Families

The Family Equality Council (www.familyequality.org) “works to ensure equality for LGBT families by building community, changing hearts and minds, and advancing social justice for all families.”

Author of this post: Carl Arnold, Lawyer/Mediator

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