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Al Franken Supports Marriage Equality (VIDEO)

Al Franken Supports Marriage Equality (VIDEO)

 

Senator Al Franken, in a video for the Human Rights Campaign’s American’s for Marriage Equality, has given his reasons for supporting same-sex marriage while urging other Americans to do the same.

In the video, released Thursday, Franken says: ” I support marriage equality. My wife Franni and I have been married for 36 years, many of them happy. I think everybody should be able to marry the person they love, and I think our government should help people make those loving lifelong commitments.”

Watch the video below:

Regarding Senator Franken’s contribution to the Americans for Marriage Equality project,  HRC President Joe Solmonese said:

“The government should not be in the business of getting between two people making a loving commitment to each other. We are grateful to Sen. Franken for his unwavering support for marriage equality, and know that he will continue to advocate for fairness and equality on behalf of the state of Minnesota.”

Minnesota itself will soon take up the issue of marriage equality, though sadly it will be for the public to decide whether to write the state’s existing ban on same-sex marriage into the state’s constitution.

Senator Franken has also long been an advocate for the Student Non-Discrimination Act, most recently asking in a separate video project for the public to raise the issue with their legislators. You can learn more about that here.

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3:56PM PST on Feb 5, 2012

Al is an intelligent man, so of course he sees the ridiculous discrepancy in civil rights in this country.

5:21AM PST on Feb 3, 2012

I liked Al a lot, I really enjoyed his book, "Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them." I've always enjoyed his work in comedy as well. However, his support of SOPA and PIPA means that he supports a censored internet (ala China) and is not really all that friendly to civil liberties.
I applaud him on his stance here but still cannot trust him.

5:11AM PST on Jan 31, 2012

Thanks
I'm so glad there are people like this!

8:21PM PST on Jan 30, 2012

D= is that stuart smalley???

6:35PM PST on Jan 30, 2012

Good going Al. I knew it was a good thing when you won the election.

1:43PM PST on Jan 30, 2012

love him

12:52PM PST on Jan 30, 2012

Good Senator, need more like him.

10:19AM PST on Jan 30, 2012

Glad he's for marriage equality.

10:01AM PST on Jan 30, 2012

Running for office was the best decision Al Franken ever made. Between him and the hopefully to be re-elected Alan Grayson, there's actual INTEGRITY in Congress now and again!!

No politician is perfect, but I gotta love the ones who say what they think and do what they say, and both Al Franken and Alan Grayson meet those criteria. Debbie Stabanow from my homestate is pretty good too, but I'd like to see her stand up a bit more. And regardless of what you think of the man's conspiracy theories, I think we need more Independents like Governor Jesse Ventura. I don't agree with everything he says, (hell, I don't agree with everything ANYONE says) but I strongly admire his steadfastness, his dedication, his honesty and his resolve. If we had more third party candidates like him, perhaps Congress wouldn't be quite the hot mess it is.

1:18AM PST on Jan 30, 2012

Put it to a vote of the people. There is just a very vocal minority that is so hung up on their narrow definition of marriage. Don't let few decide for everyone. Show them that this a Democracy not the Theocracy they would make it into.

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