I wrote Bobby Champion requesting clarification of his position. He wrote back stating that his impression was that gay groups were divided on this bill. This is odd because Outfront Minnesota includes the bill on their legislative agenda, and after Del Jenkins from Stonewall DFL posted on their facebook page, Project 515 stated they were taking no position on the marriage equality bill:
Del Jenkins (Minneapolis / St. Paul, MN) wrote
Is Project 515 asking legislators to oppose the Freedom to Marry bill? If so, why could this possibly be?
Chair, Stonewall DFL
Laura Smidzik (Minneapolis / St. Paul, MN) wrote
No. While Project 515 is not actively promoting marriage as the solution to equality for same-sex couples, we also are not working against the important work other GLBT organizations and advocates are doing.
Project 515 believes now is the time to talk about the discrimination families face from Minnesota’s current laws and begin to erase that discrimination. We are asking legislators to support three pieces of legislation we have put forth this session (go to www.Project515.org to learn more). We believe we will be most successful through an incremental approach to legal change.
Unfortunately, Minnesota law jeopardizes even the most basic decisions that same-sex couples and families face every day.
While Minnesotans are divided on the question of how to achieve relationship equality, most Minnesotans agree that state laws should treat all people fairly. As a result, we have an opportunity today to correct specific instances of discrimination.
So who from the GLBT community, claiming to be representing the community is telling legislators to oppose this bill, and why won't they have the courage to be public about their position?