Does the debate over same-sex marriage have a place in Minnesota politics?

Each Monday now through the election, we’ll pose a question on an issue that’s pertinent to the race for Minnesota governor. Today’s Question: Does the debate over same-sex marriage have a place in Minnesota politics?

Democratic candidate Mark Dayton:

Absolutely, because under the founding principles of this country, “that all men (and women) are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness,” all Minnesotans should have the right to marry legally the person they love.

Republican candidate Tom Emmer:

Each year, the Minnesota legislature debates and discusses thousands of issues important to Minnesotans. The debate over same-sex marriage is important to many in our state, and it is a part of our political discourse. The focus of this election is growing our economy and putting Minnesotans back to work and will be job one of the next governor.

Independence Party candidate Tom Horner:

Politics — that is, broadly engaging Minnesotans in understanding the issues and finding common ground on solutions — is the only way we will forge consensus on same sex marriage and other challenging issues. Otherwise, solutions will be imposed on Minnesota by the courts or narrow interests.