Minnesota Court of Appeals Decision on Marriage Equality

Yesterday, the Minnesota Court of Appeals held that the plaintiffs in Minnesota’s marriage-equality case, Benson v. Alverson, were improperly denied their day in court to present their arguments as to the most substantive aspects of their case. The Court sent the bulk of their case back to Hennepin County District Court to afford them that opportunity and directed the district court to focus specifically on the Minnesota constitution in making its ruling.

The Court’s opinion does not comment on the merits of the plaintiffs’ claims, which means that the eventual outcome of the litigation remains very uncertain, as does the timeline for securing a final ruling.

This decision leaves intact 515 state laws that discriminate against same-sex couples and their families. Our focus remains on eliminating discrimination in Minnesota. To that end, we will continue telling the stories of same-sex couples impacted by discrimination, and we will continue to encourage Minnesotans to vote NO on the proposed constitutional amendment that would ban marriage for same-sex couples and therefore cement discrimination in the Minnesota constitution.

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