Bil Browning

MN Governor 'Vetoes' Marriage Amendment

Filed By Bil Browning | May 26, 2011 10:45 AM | comments

Filed in: Marriage Equality, Politics
Tags: gay marriage, Governor Dayton, marriage amendment, marriage equality, Minnesota, same-sex marriage

Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton symbolically vetoed the recently passed constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriage. 270px-Map_of_USA_MN.svg.pngThe legislature accidentally sent the measure to his office as a bill - which requires either a signature or a veto.

Constitutional amendments do not require a governor's signature, so the veto has no power. But since the amendment came to him as a bill, he felt the need to make his strong condemnation known.

"I do not have the power to prevent this divisive and destructive constitutional amendment from appearing on the ballot, in November 2012, the Legislature sent it to me in the form of a bill," he wrote in a letter to legislative leaders. "Thus, symbolic as it my be, I am exercising my legal responsibility to either sign or veto it."

He predicted the amendment will fail when it comes before Minnesotans. If that happens, Minnesota voters would be the first voters of dozens of states to reject a gay marriage ban.

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That's awesome! It's so nice to see these governors and elected officials stand behind LGBT rights (as we're seeing now with Cuomo in NY and Sandoval in NV). But do they have any pull? Why do I feel like their opinion and advocacy work doesn't help enough to get things passed (as we saw in '08 with the San Francisco mayor)?

Also, I laughed out loud reading that someone accidentally submitted it for his review haha.

This makes me glad I voted for the man. And I will be one of the people voting against this amendment. I really hope my state is able to kill this thing, and who knows, we might. Minnesota is odd and can be shockingly gay friendly. Minneapolis has had registered domestic partnerships since 1991 and the state as a whole has had LGBT (and I really do mean the T in this case) protections for employment, housing, insurance, hospital visitation, health benefits, and such since 1993 (the first state to have protections based on gender identity).