Gov. Dayton has started lobbying the Legislature to pass a bill that would legalize same-sex marriage. Dayton sent out an e-mail to his campaign backers earlier this week encouraging them to contact their legislators and ask them to vote for the law.
“If we’re going to get this historic legislation passed, we need our voices to ring even louder,” Dayton wrote in the e-mail. “Urge lawmakers in St. Paul to follow their consciences and pass the freedom to marry.”
Dayton also spoke privately to the House DFL caucus this morning and encouraged members to support the bill. He said he understands that it could be a difficult vote for some rural Democrats.
“I realize this is a difficult decision for many of them, especially in areas where their constituents supported the constitutional amendment,” Dayton told reporters after the meeting. “But I went back to John Kennedy’s ‘Profiles In Courage” and said other people had to make a historic and momentous decisions, and they had to search their conscience for the right thing to do.”
Supporters and opponents of the bill have been lobbying furiously behind the scenes. DFL House Speaker Paul Thissen said today no vote has been scheduled on the bill. DFL Senate Majority Leader Tom Bakk said he thinks the votes are there to pass it in the Senate but said the Senate won’t take it up until the House votes on it.