By Bill Sorem
St. Paul, MN, February 10, 2011.
The 2011 OUTFRONT Minnesota rally at the Capitol brought 300 plus individuals in support of national Freedom to Marry day. Faith leaders, lay congregation members and families from across Minnesota gathered in the rotunda. A number of legislators broke away form the sessions business to attend this rally. They and the crowd were optimistic in spite of the Republican majorities in both houses. Senator John Marty, SD 54, said even though this may be a difficult year, “We are going to pass marriage equality in the next couple years. We’re going to make it happen.”
Representative Erin Murphy of St. Paul said that marriage equality “is the civil rights issue of my time.”
Stiff opposition from the Catholic Archdiocese and a $4 million war chest from the Minnesota Family Council dedicated to prevent passage of this legislation may impede progress.
The mood in the rotunda was boisterous and hopeful.