Al Franken on Gay Marriage

Last Updated : Nov 21, 2012

Campaign Website Statements

Senator Franken's campaign website notes his support for LGBT rights. He compares marriage rights for the LGBT community to ending school segregation and lynching.


Equality and Civil Rights

Minnesota has always led the country in promoting equality for all citizens, from Hubert Humphrey’s fight to end school segregation and lynching to today’s fights for LGBT rights. Al is proud to continue that tradition.

When it comes to equality, Al strives to be one of the Senate’s leading voices. An unapologetic supporter of equal marriage rights for same-sex couples—and a leader in the fight to repeal the discriminatory Defense of Marriage Act—Al also led the effort to end “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” so that LGBT troops don’t have to lie about who they are in order to serve their country.

Although Minnesota protects LGBT employees from being fired for their sexual orientation, some other states lack this protection—and so Al supports extending this anti-discrimination measure to all 50 states. And the tragic stories of LGBT teens taking their lives after experiencing bullying at school has led Al to introduce legislation that would guarantee every Minnesota student the chance to attend school without fear.


Sponsored and Cosponsored Legislation

Session-111; Bill Number-S 4023; Don't Ask, Don't Tell Repeal Act of 2010 - Cosponsor

Provides for repeal of the current Department of Defense (DOD) policy concerning homosexuality in the Armed Forces, to be effective 60 days after the Secretary of Defense has received DOD's comprehensive review on the implementation of such repeal, and the President, Secretary, and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS) certify to the congressional defense committees that they have considered the report and proposed plan of action, that DOD has prepared the necessary policies and regulations to exercise the discretion provided by such repeal, and that implementation of such policies and regulations is consistent with the standards of military readiness and effectiveness, unit cohesion, and military recruiting and retention. Provides that, until such time as the above conditions are met, the current policy shall remain in effect.

Session-112; Bill Number-S 598; Respect for Marriage Act of 2011 - Cosponsor

Amends the Defense of Marriage Act to repeal a provision that prohibited a state, territory, possession, or Indian tribe from being required to recognize any public act, record, or judicial proceeding of any other state, territory, possession, or tribe respecting a same sex marriage. Amends the federal rules of construction added by such Act concerning the definitions of "marriage" and "spouse" to provide that, for purposes of any federal law in which marital status is a factor, an individual shall be considered married if that individual's marriage is valid in the state where the marriage was entered into or, in the case of a marriage entered into outside any state, if the marriage is valid in the place where entered into and the marriage could have been entered into in a state. Removes the definition of "spouse" (currently, a person of the opposite sex who is a husband or a wife).

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