Happy Pride Month: In the name of equality, let’s keep moving Minnesota forward

Happy Pride Month: In the name of equality, let’s keep moving Minnesota forward
By Ken Martin, chairman, Minnesota DFL

Four years ago this November, Minnesotans voted against an amendment to define marriage in the state constitution as being between a man and woman. The following year, Gov. Mark Dayton told the nation that “love is the law” in Minnesota when he signed a bill passed by a DFL-led Legislature making marriages between all loving couples legal and recognized.

Working together, we said that all Minnesotans are equal and deserve equal rights, no matter who they are or who they love.

But we still have a lot of work to do.

Across the country Republican Legislatures are hiding behind ignorance and bigotry, treating some Americans as second-class citizens. In Minnesota, Republican legislators are creating an environment of fear and threatening some of our most vulnerable Minnesotans. Minnesota voters sent a strong message in 2012: That kind of hate has no place in Minnesota.

The celebration of Pride Month is a powerful reminder that Minnesotans are united in protecting the rights of all Minnesotans, no matter who they love or who they are. Pride Month includes events to recognize the impact LGBT people have had in the world and to remind us of the value of all people.

This election season, DFLers across the state will carry an appreciation for all people well past June. Our party has played a key role not only in marriage equality, but we are also associated with Civil Rights. It was Democratic leaders who fought for people to be treated fairly, no matter their gender, ethnicity or religious beliefs. It was Democrats who fought to see that all students had equal access to a public education. And it is Democrats who will continue to fight to close racial and economic disparities and give hope to all Americans that by getting an education and working hard, they can support their families and find success.

When voters enter the ballot box Nov. 8, they will choose between Republican candidates who work for tax giveaways for millionaires and billionaires and Democratic candidates who know that moving this country forward means providing opportunity to all. Let’s keep the spirit of Pride Month alive throughout the year and in the name of equality, let’s work together to move Minnesota forward.

Filed under: DFL News, Election Coverage, Iron Range / Northern Minnesota Area News, Marriage Equality Minnesota, Metro Area News, Southeastern Area News, Southwestern Area News