To watch video of the committee's discussion and vote on the bill, click on the video at the top of this post or watch it at the UpTake's Livestream webpage.
A highlight of the debate was extended back-and-forth between opponent Sen. Warren Limmer (R-Maple Grove) and .
Sen. Terri Bonoff (DFL-Minnetonka) also co-authored the bill, along with Dibble and three other state senators. She wrote this recently in one of her weekly Capitol Updates:
This legislation includes language that clarifies the proposed change is permissive not restrictive, i.e. does not require clergy to marry same sex couples. While I am focused on issues related to job growth, education and the economy as well as operational effectiveness, I was honored to be asked to co-author this bill. I accepted this request on behalf of those who believe the time has come for the privilege of marriage to be shared by all (a belief I hold).
I understand that while many in my community share this view, there are also many who do not. Please understand, I respect our differing views and welcome the dialogue.
Just hours later, the House Civil Law Committee, on which Simon sits, voted 10-7 to pass legislation that would grant same-sex couples the freedom to marry as soon as August 1.
House File 1054, authored by Representative Karen Clark and co-authored by 22 other members of the Minnesota House, would remove limitations on marriage for same-sex couples from Minnesota state law, while also protecting the religious freedoms of clergy and faith institutions to practice their religious beliefs free from government interference or persecution.