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Received this e-mail today from Senator Al Franken (D. MN):
It’s a big day for Minnesota.

Today, at long last, loving and committed same-sex couples can marry in our state -- and Governor Dayton and I are sending congratulations to all the newlyweds.

Want to join us? Click here to congratulate Minnesotans getting married today, on the first day our state has marriage equality!

http://www.markdayton.org/...

Even if you’re not attending a wedding today, it’s a great day to celebrate.

I’m proud to live in a state where so many people organized for marriage equality. . . where our citizens rejected discrimination in the ballot amendment fight last year. . . where our legislature and Governor had the courage to make equality the law. . . and where, starting today, every couple has the chance to marry.

Marrying Franni was the best thing that ever happened to me -- and I’m so excited for all the couples who finally will be able to have the rights and responsibilities of marriage.

I hope you’ll help us celebrate. (You don’t even have to get a gift.)

Just click here to sign on and help me and Governor Dayton say “Congratulations!” to Minnesotans.

http://www.markdayton.org/...

Thanks for all you do -- and congratulations, Minnesota!

Al

P.S.: TeamFranken was at City Hall in Minneapolis last night, congratulating newlyweds and handing out the same flowers I give Franni on our anniversary every year. Click here to join me and Governor Dayton in congratulating Minnesota on marriage equality!

http://www.markdayton.org/...

You can click here to sign Franken & Dayton's card:

http://www.markdayton.org/...

Originally posted to pdc on Thu Aug 01, 2013 at 09:23 AM PDT.

Also republished by Kossacks for Marriage Equality, LGBT Kos Community, Milk Men And Women, and The Democratic Wing of the Democratic Party.

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  •  Three cheers for Senator Franken, (2+ / 0-)
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    raptavio, slapshoe

    and three cheers for his late predecessor, Senator Wellstone.

    Well done, Minnesota.

    Now, if we could just get Al on our side on domestic spying, we'd be in great shape!

    I resent that. I demand snark, and overly so -- Markos Moulitsas.

    by commonmass on Thu Aug 01, 2013 at 10:09:03 AM PDT

  •  A short history of how it happened (4+ / 0-)
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    Cali Scribe, slapshoe, sfbob, skrekk

    The Republicans won the MN legislature in 2010, the year of the tea party.

    Then the Republicans just totally screwed up everything. They shut down the government for about a month in the middle of summer 2011, trying to lower taxes. Which pissed off a lot of people. Among other things, Minnesotans couldn’t get fishing licenses or drivers licenses or lottery tickets. Some road construction was halted. There was a Republican sex scandal (female legislator and a male aide). The Republican party of MN couldn’t pay their rent, got eviction notices, and owed lots of money to vendors -- partly because of the lengthy and costly fight over Al Franken‘s election.

    Then the Republicans had the stupid idea of putting a constitutional amendment to the voters saying that marriage is one-man-one-woman. They figured it would inspire the base to get out to vote and maybe they’d be able to beat the incumbent U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar.

    But it didn’t work. Oh, those silly Republicans! Here’s what happened in 2012:

    -- Republicans nominated a high school (libertarian) economics teacher who was soundly defeated by Klobuchar.
    -- The Democrats took over both houses of the legislature.
    -- The anti-gay marriage amendment was defeated.

    With a Democratic legislature and Democratic governor, marriage equality passed (partly because the stupid anti-equality amendment failed in 2012).

    I’m quite happy about all of this. Now we just need to get more Democrats elected in ND and WI.

    "Stupid just can't keep its mouth shut." -- SweetAuntFanny's grandmother.

    by Dbug on Thu Aug 01, 2013 at 10:31:59 AM PDT

  •  Here's something else that was in the news (3+ / 0-)
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    poopdogcomedy, librarisingnsf, skrekk

    Mayo Clinic May Require Marriage for Gay Couple Benefits

    The Mayo Clinic has pretty good benefits for employees. Previously they covered partners of LGBT employees, but now they're going to require a marriage license (because it's legal now). Incidentally, for straight employees, they cover spouses only (not roommates or boyfriends/girlfriends).

    "Stupid just can't keep its mouth shut." -- SweetAuntFanny's grandmother.

    by Dbug on Thu Aug 01, 2013 at 10:41:39 AM PDT

    •  Seems fair... (3+ / 0-)
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      Dbug, librarisingnsf, skrekk

      "Much of movement conservatism is a con and the base is the marks." -- Chris Hayes

      by raptavio on Thu Aug 01, 2013 at 10:46:45 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

    •  Hopefully soon we'll be able to get rid of all (1+ / 0-)
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      Dbug

      the special things we have to do now to grant some small measure of equality.    My company is small but we're split across quite a few states, and we jump through a ridiculous number of accounting hoops just to treat our gay employees fairly.   And in the end they don't really get it anyway unless they live in an equality state.

      It's also absurd that if you work in Minnesota but live across the river in Wisconsin, you won't have nearly the same rights.

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