In an interview today, Independence Party gubernatorial candidate Tom Horner said he hopes the Rochester City Council will approve a proposal to register same-sex domestic partnership so these individuals could have certificates to prove their legal attachment. Here's a story about the proposal.
"I hope that the Rochester City Council is able to go ahead and pass the domestic benefits. I think for Minnesota to be a state that is open to the best talent, that attracts the best talent, we need to address these kinds of equality issues and be a leader in addressing them," he said.
Horner said he does support legalizing gay marriage in Minnesota. But he added, "I understand that most Minnesotans aren't ready to take that on. I think what they are ready to take on are the same kinds of steps in the public sector that the private sector already has taken and has been there is some cases for many years."
Mayo Clinic, the largest private employer in the state, does provide domestic partner benefits for same-sex couples.
The Rochester City Council is scheduled to vote on the proposal on Wednesday.