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Simon: Don’t Remove Marriage from State Law

The Hopkins and St. Louis Park legislator said problems would arise if state law only referred to civil unions.

Unlike so many other same-sex marriage supporters, Hopkins and St. Louis Park Rep. Steve Simon (DFL-District 46B) called Rep. Tim Kelly (R-District 21A) “a friend.” But that didn’t make Simon any more likely to support Kelly’s proposal to remove the term “marriage” from state law for both heterosexual and homosexual couples.

Simon said Kelly’s amendment to a bill that would legalize same-sex marriage would end marriage for 2.2 million Minnesotans.

“This amendment would say they are no longer married,” Simon said on the House floor.

He said the measure from Kelly—who was one of the few Republicans to oppose last year’s marriage amendment—was well intentioned but that it would cause real problems, such as difficulties calculating benefits on the federal level which doesn’t recognize civil unions.

Kelly, who campaigned against the marriage amendment, faced stiff criticism from same-sex marriage supporters because of his proposal.

His amendment failed 111-22.

The full bill passed 75-59.

Mike B. May 09, 2013 at 11:45 PM
Rep. Simon should ask himself why he so hates the institution of marriage between a man and a woman. Next, he'll get on the House floor and promote a man marrying his dog. Rep. Simon has made a mockery of the sacred institution of marriage.
Jasan Schirmer May 10, 2013 at 03:13 AM
Mike B. you reasoning is based on fear and hatred and the leap you presume is not based on any sort of valid reasoning. It's almost humorous. Secondly. Lets pretend your argument is valid, if someone wants to marry their dog how does this affect you in any way?
Jasan Schirmer May 10, 2013 at 03:31 AM
I think I also missed the memo on sacred marriage where half end in divorce. The only other scenario I can think of where this is considered positive is in baseball. If you get a hit half the time you are considered good. All other aspects of life it's generally considered a failure.
Michael Hindin May 15, 2013 at 08:39 PM
Mike B what ever you are, a nameless, faceless, ignorant, hatful entity like you couldn't hold a candle to the achievements of Representative Simon. Nor could you match his family. Intelligent people know that your ridiculous "man marries dog" mantra is a product of a desperate loosing argument. I will be ever proud to campaign of Representative Simon in any election,.

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