The package includes a fourth-tier income tax hike and a $1.60-per-pack cigarette tax increase, ends some corporate loopholes, and extends the sales tax to certain business services.
It seems the entire state of Minnesota is waiting in anticipation for the Senate vote today on gay marriage.
But let’s be honest with ourselves, heterosexuals. We are playing a small supporting role in this freedom to marry movement. The real heroes are not the heteros. The real heroes are the people who had the courage to speak truth to power when it was difficult and dangerous: “We’re here, we’re queer, get over it.” That, much more than straight people’s belated courage, is at the core of what is changing America.
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Senate bill sponsor Sen. Scott Dibble testifying on Tuesday in support of gay marriage.
It was possibly the most emotional moment of one of the Legislature’s most emotional days. One after another, married couples, partners who’d like to be married, parents, children, clergy and others testified at twin hearings Tuesday on the proposed legalization of same-sex marriage.
Partway into the proceedings, a slender woman stepped to the front of the room and took a seat next to Rep. Karen Clark, DFL-Minneapolis, the bill’s chief author in the House of Representatives. Lynne Osterman introduced herself to the members of the Civil Law Committee — and promptly burst into tears.
Struggling, Osterman explained that she served a single term in the House as a Republican elected in New Hope. During her 2002-2004 term, she cast what she called a “politically expedient vote” in favor of Minnesota’s Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), banning gay marriage.
“I regret it,” Osterman said. “I can tell you from experience that you will have to live knowing that a no vote is not fair, it’s not respectful and it’s not equal.”