Next Up: Minnesota?

Nov 8 2012 @ 3:41pm

Feel the spontaneous joy from the members of Minnesotans United Campaign upon hearing that the anti-equality constitutional amendment failed:

In addition to voting down the amendment, Minnesotans also gave DFL, the state's left-wing party, majorities in both the House and Senate. The interpretation from Joshua Newville:

Since last night’s election also gave the DFL control of the Minnesota legislature, and since Governor Dayton is pro-marriage equality, it is almost certain that, despite initial words to the contrary, Minnesota is now on the fast-track to also establishing marriage equality.

Doug Grow's reporting suggests otherwise:

Spending the last two years in the minority has been a sobering experience for DFLers. But it’s also been educational. They’ve seen what happens when a majority party jams things like marriage and voting amendments onto the ballo[t] without bipartisan support. DFL Rep. Ryan Winkler [a strong supporter of same-sex marriage] said watching how Minnesotans approached this election "made me proud of our state. … Minnesotans don’t like it when you overstep. That’s what Republicans did, and it’s something we have to remember, too."

Dale Carpenter, who worked on the state's equality campaign, reflects on how the amendment was defeated and its greater implications:

Winning means more state legislators willing to vote for gay marriage. Winning means a greater willingness to take this issue to the ballot in more states, including some where we’ve previously lost.  Winning means more investment by national donors.  Winning means more enthusiasm and energy, more volunteers, more effective messages, more confidence.  Winning at the ballot box had become a Sisyphean task. Again and again, we’d get tantalizing close to the summit, only to have the boulder fall back to the bottom of the hill.  And then, as we looked down to take up the task once more, we’d be taunted for having failed.

Victor Hugo said that there is nothing as powerful as an idea whose time has come.  The idea that marriage is good for all families, gay and straight, is taking hold in a religiously devout state in the middle of the country. Winning Minnesota, with the support of 1.5 million of our fellow citizens, means that our time is coming.

Nine down, 41 to go.