RuudCOMM 634Framing Gay Marriage3
thereby is entitled to the Survivors Compensation Bill. The Statute reads as
the surviving spouse or next of kin of a deceased survivor who would be entitled to bring an action under section 573.02.
A same-sex partner would not be able tomake a claim (Project515).Countless times throughout the legal structure of the state of Minnesota,same-sex couples are not seen as equal in the eyes of the law. As a result, theability of same-sex couples to achieve legal recognition of marriage in this statebecomes a matter of
substantial importance to a sizeable segment of the state’s
population.Leading the fight for marriage equality are a number of non-profitorganizations including OutFront Minnesota, Project515 and Minnesotans Unitedfor All Families. All three organizations worked hard leading up to both theSenate and House votes to inform legislators and compel constituents to do thesame, to not pass the ballot measure. However, since the failure to stop theballot measure, all three have immediately taken to organizing and developingcommunication strategy to support marriage equality in the November 2012election.What concerns marriage equality proponents, is the number of times,when left to a public vote, marriage amendments have been passed either defining marriage as between a man and a woman or explicitly banning same-sex marriage. Arizona (2008), Tennessee and Colorado(2006), among othershave all passed marriage amendments. (CNN Election Results)