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Lawmakers React To Minnesota And Gay Marriage

August 2, 2013, 5:58 PM by Brady Mallory

Lawmakers React To Minnesota And Gay Marriage

On the same day gay marriage became legal in Minnesota a political group announced it could shake up future House and Senate races in the state.

A spokesperson for the Minnesota Marriage Majority Initiative says members will "find better representation in the Legislature," and will support politicians in favor of limiting marriage to one man and one woman.

Even with that threat, many state leaders are not shying away from the issue.

Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak uses one word to sum up the day that gay couples could legally get married: Historic.

"Couples in long, long-term relationships can look at each other and do what my wife and I got to do, which is say, I love you and I'm going to make a commitment to you and be recognized in the eyes of the law," Rybak said.

In the past, many politicians have spoken out against gay marriage, or have skirted the issue all together. Rybak stood in front of his voters, and officiated gay weddings for nearly seven hours.

Minneapolis and I think Sioux Falls, on another level, is the same. We're places that attract talent.  People come to, and that's grown our industry.  We think that by welcoming immigrants and the GLBT community, we've benefitted," Rybak said.

Minnesota State Representative Phyllis Kahn, who is serving her 21st term, says the state had a lot to gain from gay marriage.

"The economic benefit of this. It's just amazing to look at the ads for wedding planning, for divorce counseling, all the things that go along with being a family," Kahn said.

Governor Mark Dayton signed the gay marriage bill that passed 37-30 in the Senate; and 75-59 in the House.

"The fellow House members and Senators to join with and make a majority, to face up against all of the venomous attacks, and assaults that came at them and vote for this, because it was right," Governor Mark Dayton said.

"I'm really proud to be in the building where the Mayor of Minneapolis was a leader in Civil Rights, once again.  Minneapolis City Hall can be a historic center, and open enterprise for people," Rybak said.

Minnesota Representative Michele Bachmann has vocally opposed gay marriage, and has backed federal and state amendments against it.

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