A Letter to My Colleagues
The following is a copy of a letter from Senator Scott Dibble with photos from his wedding day, personalized and hand-delivered to each of his colleagues in the Minnesota Legislature:
August 17, 2008 was the happiest day of my life: it's the day I married the love of my life, Richard. In the coming days and weeks you're going to hear a lot about marriage: what it is, why it is so important, who should and should not be allowed to get married under the laws of our state. That's why I'd like to share a little of our story with you...
Southwest Journal: Southwest Lawmakers Wage Battle Against Marriage Amendment
The October 15 issue of the Southwest Journal covers the work Scott and other candidates in our area are doing to get voters out the polls to defeat the anti-marriage and the photo ID amendments. Nick Halter at the Southwest Journal reports:
Andrew Virden and Scott Dibble are making their rounds in The Buckingham, a beautiful old apartment building in Loring Park. For the most part, on this early October day, they're getting warm responses from the left-leaning residents who are fond of Dibble, the state senator from Southwest, and Virden's boss, U.S. Rep. Keith Ellison.
"Pray the Gay Away" Doesn't Work, It's Child Abuse, Minnesota Should Ban It — Letter Published in the Star Tribune
On October 16, the Star Tribune editorial board published an editorial praising the State of California's recent move to ban "pray the gay away" conversion therapy targeted at minors. This Saturday, October 20, they also published Scott's letter to the editor commending their stance and updating Minnesotans on his proposal to ban state funding for such practices here. You can read Scott's letter and others at the Star Tribune:
National Democratic Party Adds Marriage Equality in Draft Platform!
Last weekend in Detroit, the Democratic Platform Drafting Committee voted unanimously to include marriage equality in the 2012 national platform. Scott was among those in at the meeting who addressed the committee. The Washington Blade reports:
Among the committee members who delivered remarks was Scott Dibble, a gay state senator from Minnesota, who said he's "extremely pleased" with the marriage equality plank, saying the language "should be taken as an affirmation on something that we all value and cherish, and that is what marriage means and that marriage really matters."
"This has certainly been a journey for many people in this country," Dibble said. "It's been a journey for our president, and I'm very proud of our president [for] having stood and said all families matter. And Mr. Chair and Madam Chair and members, young people are looking for a political home right now and that has become one of the defining moral questions of our time and our moment."
League of Women Voters Ballot Profile
Check out Scott's ballot profile on Vote411 from the League of Women Voters!
Senate District 60 Team Releases 2012 Legislative Session Wrap Up
Read it online here.
Scott's Speech at the 2012 DFL State Convention
Scott Dibble speaks at the DFL state convention. Video from MN4allfamilies on YouTube.
The following is a copy of Scott's prepared remarks to be delivered to the DFL state convention on June 2, 2012 in Rochester, Minnesota.
It is an honor to be here with you today representing Minnesotans United for All Families. I know many of you are familiar with our organization and campaign and have been with us since the beginning. For those of you who don't already know, Minnesotans United for All Families is the official statewide campaign, actually a movement, working to defeat the constitutional amendment that would limit the freedom to marry for loving and committed gay and lesbian couples.
A Greeting from Senator Dibble
In my time as Senator, and for many years prior to that, I have aspired to be a voice for those who have none, to help many understand their own power to affect change, and to champion the leadership so many of you provide on so many issues.
The honor of my life has been to serve in the State Senate representing and working alongside so many of you for our shared vision of a Minnesota where everyone matters and the promise of our country is kept. That promise is the idea that we are all equal, deserving of freedom, and that we live in a place where opportunity is generously shared. The wisdom of our system is that when we invest in each other’s success, we are all better off.
I ask for and look forward to earning your support.
Very truly yours,