Dibble said Wednesday that Democrats taking power in the legislature next week plan to focus early in the session on what he called “kitchen-table issues” of improving the economy and creating jobs.
But, he said, marriage equality advocates in the legislature want a vote in 2013.
Dibble also indicated that he believes allowing same-sex couples to marry is a kitchen-table issue as well. Another Democratic state senator, John Marty, has pushed for a same-sex marriage vote this year, but said he’ll let Dibble take the lead.
A proposed constitutional amendment to define marriage as between one man and one woman, strengthening existing state law which already bans same-sex marriage, was defeated by Minnesota voters in November.