Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton previously had said he would sign into law a bill making same-sex marriage legal in Minnesota. But on Wednesday night, during his annual “State of the State” address, he went a step further, forcefully arguing that all people should have the right to marry a partner of their choosing, and urging the Minnesota Legislature to enact a same-sex marriage law.
With his personal endorsement of the effort to obtain state acceptance of same-sex marriage, Dayton also put his political clout behind plans to push such a measure in this year’s legislative session.
“I want Minnesota to be a state which affirms that freedom for one means freedom for everyone, and where no one is told it is illegal to marry the person you love,” Dayton told Minnesota lawmakers.