OutFront Minnesota, Project 515, and Minnesotans United for All Families Comment on Repealing DOMA
Lavender posed the following question, separately, to OutFront Minnesota, Project 515, and Minnesotans United for All Families. They chose to respond together, rather than separately. Read their answer here.
Lavender: Since the Governor, the Minnesota Senate, and the House DFL leadership have stated that they merely intend to continue the conversation without seizing the momentum of the Marriage Amendment victory, to what extent do you trust our legislature to repeal the 1997 Minnesota Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), and to advance marriage equality by the end of this legislative session in May 2013?
This November, Minnesotans made history by becoming the first state in American history where voters said NO to using our state constitution to permanently limit the freedom of gay and lesbian couples to marry.
Here in Minnesota, committed gay and lesbian couples are still unable to marry under state law. Freedom means freedom for everyone, and we are committed to achieving the freedom to marry for all loving and committed couples in the state.
The opportunity before us is to complete the conversation that we started so robustly and positively with the VOTE NO campaign. We will work with the Minnesota Legislature to change our current laws to ensure that all loving and committed couples have the freedom to make that lifelong commitment to each other through marriage.
Now is the time to create a campaign that says, at long last, YES to marriage for loving, committed same-sex couples.
Richard Carlbom, Minnesotans United
Monica Meyer, OutFront Minnesota
Ann Kaner-Roth, Project 515
Note: Please note that all respondents failed to answer the precise question put to them.