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MN political leaders react to DOMA decision

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ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) -- Minnesota political leaders react to the Supreme Court decision announced Wednesday:

"America is a nation founded on equality for all people and today the Supreme Court took a major step toward advancing that equality. I was a cosponsor of the bill to repeal the Defense of Marriage Act and the Court's decision to strike it down is a true victory for those who have fought so hard for this day. As states continue to take up this critical issue, my hope is that they will choose to stand on the side of equality and follow in the footsteps of Minnesota, where we successfully fought back a divisive constitutional amendment and enacted marriage equality with bipartisan support." – Sen. Amy Klobuchar

"Being married to Franni for 37 years is the best thing that ever happened to me, and I believe that every loving couple should be seen as equal under the eyes of the law. As a long-time supporter of marriage equality, I've been fighting for years to stop discrimination against same-sex couples and their children by pressing to end the Defense of Marriage Act, which unjustly denied important protections to couples in Minnesota because of whom they love. I'm very happy that the U.S. Supreme Court found DOMA unconstitutional, and that we're now closer toward ensuring marriage equality for every American. Our country is starting to understand that it's not about what a family looks like: it's about their love and commitment to one another." – Sen. Al Franken


"Today is a historic day for equality. I've never believed that the government should be able to tell you who you can or cannot love and I applaud the Supreme Court's decision to overturn DOMA. Today, our LGBT brothers and sisters are recognized as equals; that their lives are not worth less than anyone else's. Today, the arc of the moral universe bent a little bit further towards justice, and I could not be more proud." - Rep. Tim Walz

"Marriage was created by the hand of God. No man, not even a Supreme Court, can undo what a holy God has instituted. For thousands of years of recorded human history, no society has defended the legal standard of marriage as anything other than between man and woman. Only since 2000 have we seen a redefinition of this foundational unit of society in various nations. Today, the U.S. Supreme Court decided to join the trend, despite the clear will of the people's representatives through DOMA. What the Court has done will undermine the best interest of children and the best interests of the United States." - Rep. Michele Bachmann


"Today I am happy to be considered married to my husband in the eyes of the federal government. This decision recognizes a simple fact: the freedom in the Constitution means freedom for everyone. Now all states with the freedom to marry, and soon many Minnesotans, can look forward to getting the more than 1,138 federal rights benefits and responsibilities that come with marriage. Now it is time to get on with the business of working hard, paying our taxes, building our lives, fully participating in our communities. I am also overjoyed that loving couples, many of them our close friends, will be allowed once again to form their families and get married in California, just like my husband Richard and I were able to do in 2008. Today love prevails!" – Minnesota Sen. Scott Dibble (DFL-Minneapolis), co-author of state's marriage equality bill.

"Today the Supreme Court came to the same conclusion today that we did in Minnesota just last month – that every person, regardless of sexual orientation, should be free to marry the person they love. The Court's decision is a victory for freedom, equality and the pursuit of happiness for all Americans. Minnesota is now squarely on the right side of history and I am proud of the role we played - Democrats and Republicans alike - in bending the long arc of the moral universe towards justice." Minnesota Rep. Paul Thissen (DLF-Minneapolis), Minnesota House Speaker

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