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Wednesday, January 03, 2007

Dems Won't Do Much For Gays in Next Legislative Session

Read about it at Minnesota Monitor.

He does predict domestic partnerships for state employees:

Domestic Partnerships for State Employees
This is the most likely outcome for same-sex couples if it's pushed, but won't likely be a priority. In 2001-02, with support from labor unions and then Gov. Jesse Ventura, domestic partnerships were written into the state contracts. Republicans in the House blocked it. This year is perhaps the most GLBT friendly government Minnesota has had, with the exception of Gov. Pawlenty. If success for same-sex couples can be had at the capitol, it will probably be limited to those working for the state.

Striking the Sodomy Law
Minnesota Statute still outlaws a whole host of other common sex acts practiced by millions of Minnesotans each year. Any sex that involved the mouth or anus used to be punishable by 1 year in jail and/or a $3000 fine. These statutes were selectively enforced for decades in order to arrest and incarcerate gays and lesbians. The Minnesota's 4th District Court ruled this law unconstitutional in 2001, and in 2002 the US Supreme Court ruled the same for all states. If the DFL wants to make a not-so-controversial nod to the GLBT folks that helped put them in office, repealing this law which holds nothing but malice toward the community would be a good place to start.

That ofcourse is contigent on the labor unions bargaining for that benefit.