With less than six weeks left in Minnesota’s legislative session, supporters of same-sex marriage are forming a coalition to make such marriages legal in the state. On Wednesday, Ken Martin, the chair of Minnesota’s Democratic Farmer Labor Party, joined Independence Party Executive Committee member Matt Lewis, Former Green Party Chair Cam Gordon and Libertarian Party Chair Bob Odden to call on lawmakers to bring the issue to a vote in the House and the Senate.
Minnesota Log Cabin Republicans, a faction of the Republican party that supports Lesbian and Gay rights, says it is also backing the “freedom to marry” coalition. It issued the following statement:
“The Republican Party and its members are increasingly moving in a direction that supports the freedom to marry for all Minnesotans and Americans,” said Ken Smoron, Chairman of the Minnesota Log Cabin Republicans. “As Republican voters, we believe that marriage matters. We understand the importance of marriage and recognize the overwhelming amount of research indicating that marriage strengthens families and communities. In accordance with our conservative values of limited government and individual liberty and responsibility, the Log Cabin Republicans strongly support SF925/HF1054 and urge all legislators, Republican and Democrat, to vote in favor of extending the basic freedom to marry to same-sex couples in Minnesota.”