This press release doesn't mention the ads the Minnesota DFL ran in 2006 telling people in the Wilmar area that Dean Johnson opposed gay marriage. The ads didn't help, and Johnson still lost. It also doesn't mention that Collin Peterson (D, MN) was an original co-sponsor of the Federal Marriage Amendment (FMA). It is interesting to note that Amy Klobuchar came to this party. As I've mentioned before, Amy Klobuchar won't take a clear position on repealing Don't Ask, Don't Tell and she dissed a recent gay conference held at the University of Minnesota. We'll see real progress when we see Brian Melendez, state party chair argue this issue from the Almanac couch.
Contact: John Marble
Stonewall Democrats Applaud 35 Years of Democratic Support for Marriage
Minnesota Democrats Mark Historic Support for Marriage with Statewide Celebration
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, October 12, 2007
Washington, DC - Today, the National Stonewall Democrats congratulated the Minnesota Democratic Farmer Labor (DFL) Party for 35 years of supporting the freedom of same-sex couples to marry. The Minnesota DFL (as the Democratic party is known in the state) first adopted support for the freedom to marry in 1972.
"Minnesota models how Democrats can boldly stand for the values we profess while building success across both the urban and rural electorate," said Jon Hoadley, Executive Director. "Democrats should never let fear distract us from pursuing successful strategies which deliver progress. For over 35 years, the Minnesota DFL has built a statewide majority by never letting anti-gay Republican efforts deter them from their core values and strategic efforts. We applaud Democrats in Minnesota."
The state Democratic parties of Alaska, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Iowa, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Hampshire, New Mexico, New York, Oregon and Washington State fully support the freedom of same-sex couples to marry. Additionally, the state Democratic parties of Nebraska and Vermont voice support for civil unions.
"This is a major milestone in both Minnesota and National politics," said Joe Carlile, Chair of the Minnesota Stonewall DFL Caucus. "The commitment that the Minnesota DFL has shown in support of the struggle for LGBT equality reinforces that the Democrat Party has been a party of inclusion and diversity for a very long time."
The Minnesota DFL celebrated its 35th anniversary of support for marriage with a statewide party this week that attracted more than 300 attendees. Hosted by the Minnesota Stonewall DFL, attendees included U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar, Minnesota DFL Chair Brian Melendez, DNC GLBT Americans Caucus Chair Rick Stafford and U.S. Senate Candidates Mike Ciresi and Al Franken. The event was sponsored by several of Minnesota's openly-gay officials including State Senator Scott Dibble, State Representative Karen Clark and Minneapolis Councilmembers Scott Benson, Robert Lilligren and Gary Schiff.