Sen. Branden Petersen (R-Andover) has taken a brave stand for marriage equality. Petersen said today that he will co-sign the marriage equality bill that will soon be introduced.
Petersen will likely face vilification from his own party and a primary challenge in 2016 (Senators aren’t up for reelection until then). The bigots have long memories and will not tolerate anyone who supports marriage equality.
“It couldn’t be more clear: The momentum is with us,” said MN United’s Richard Carlbom in an email. “Minnesotans believe in freedom, fairness and the importance of marriage — for everyone.”
“We are thrilled that Senator Petersen is supporting legislation to extend the freedom to marry to same-sex couples in Minnesota, and hope to see more Republicans in that state follow his lead,” said Tyler Deaton of the Young Conservatives for the Freedom to Marry Leadership Committee. “In Minnesota and across the country, Republicans are coming to the conclusion that marriage is a basic freedom that should not be denied to some simply because of who they are. Allowing same-sex couples the freedom to marry is in the best interest of children, families and communities, and is ultimately the right thing to do.”
Apparently, Petersen isn’t alone in supporting what’s right.
Then legislator John Kriesel braved a prolonged verbal assault in 2012 from the bigots by endorsing the freedom to marry and creating an excellent video for the MN United campaign.
I look forward to celebrating Gov. Dayton signing a marriage equality bill into law this spring.