The divide in Minnesota, politically and socially, was revealed in a recent Star Tribune poll that showed the majority of the state are opposed to efforts to overturn a ban on same-sex marriage. It comes less than 6 months after voters defeated an anti-LGBT marriage measure on the ballot.
But the poll showed the split between the liberal Twin Cities area and the rural countryside, known for its more conservative attitudes.
Overall, the poll said that 53 percent of Minnesotans as a whole are opposed to marriage equality. But these figures may not represent the entirety of the state, pollsters close to the study told 429Magazine, saying that the majority of Minnesotans live in the urban area of the Twin Cities, which could skew any ballot or support in favor of marriage equality.
Nearly 10 percent of those questioned were uncertain of their views.
Rural Minnesota saw the highest anti-marriage equality support, with some 73 percent saying they opposed legislators attempts to bring to fruition a marriage equality bill to the state.
However, the vast majority in the Twin Cities are support marriage equality for all, especially the younger generation between 18- and 34-years-old.
Legislation in Minnesota to legalize same-sex marriage was announced during a state capitol news conference late last month.
Democrat Senator Scott Dribble and co-author of the bill, said he hopes to “allow folks who so desire who have demonstrated the lifetime of love and commitment to get married, even if they are a same sex couple.”
Republican Senator Branden Peterson, the only member of his party co-sponsoring the legislation, was not in attendance. However, he did issue a statement expressing strong support.
“As a strong proponent of limited government, conservative principles and individual liberty, I am proud to add my name as co-author of legislation to secure the freedom to marry for same-sex couples in Minnesota,” he said.
Peterson also recently told 429 Magazine “we can strengthen the institution of marriage by allowing all Minnesotans the freedom to participate in it and pursue happiness, free from government roadblocks. Now is the time to do the right thing.”
To protect religious freedom, the bill would allow gay and lesbian couples to marry, but does not force religious leaders to wed them. Religious groups that accept same-sex unions could still perform ceremonies, however.