November 30, 2012 by Sarah M
By Nick Halter
DFL Sen. Jeff Hayden of South Minneapolis said today that he believes a bill to legalize same-sex marriage will pass in 2013, even though the DFL senate majority leader says it won’t be a priority.
“I really believe we’re going to get marriage equity this year,” Hayden said.
Hayden was speaking at a breakfast forum with residents this morning put on by City Council Member Elizabeth Glidden (Ward 8) at Turtle Bread.
“If I had my druthers — and I don’t want to overshadow what our leaders have to do in order to get our state on track and making sure that we don’t fall into the traps of the GOP — but I think that it is very important that we make sure that we get this done in the next biennium,” he said.
The DFL Senate Caucus recently elected Hayden as deputy majority leader. The majority leader of the Senate, DFLer Tom Bakk of Cook, had a much different take in a story from Nov. 29 in the West Central Tribune.
“We have to do other things first,” Bakk told the Tribune.
He also said he was “getting some calls from some real liberal constituencies on the gay marriage issue and repealing the language in statute.”
Also at the breakfast forum were state reps. Jim Davnie (DFL-63A) of South Minneapolis and recently elected Speaker of the House Paul Thissen (DFL-61B) of Southwest Minneapolis.
The leaders were peppered with a few questions about same-sex marriage.
Thissen didn’t address the questions. Davnie, however, said legalizing same-sex marriage would not be politically easy. He said some DFLers were elected in rural districts where 65 percent of voters supported the same-sex marriage ban.
“I think at best you can say we’re a 50-50 state on that question,” Davnie said. “On top of that, in my district to the east of here, 88 percent voted no. Contrast that with the district of … Andrew Falk, a DFLer — 65 percent of his district voted yes.”