Voice for Equality: Keith Ellison

U.S. Representative Keith Ellison (D-MN) has served the fifth congressional district of Minnesota since January 2007. Representative Ellison is a member of the Minnesota Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party (DFL).

He is the first African American from Minnesota to serve the US Congress. He is also the first Muslim to serve in the US Congress. Previously, Mr. Ellison served in the Minnesota State House of Representatives (District 58B) from 2003 to 2007.

In February 2009, Rep. Ellison co-sponsored the bill “Uniting American Families Act.” The legislation would allow non-citizen partners of gays and lesbians to gain permanent resident status in the same manner as married couples.

While serving in the Minnesota state legislature he adamantly opposed denying marriage rights to gay and lesbian couples via constitutional amendment (MN House Bill - HF3922): “What marriage, what single heterosexual marriage that exists today will be saved today because of this amendment? I would suggest to you not one. ...In 1954, the United States Supreme Court, maybe a bunch of activist judges in the minds of some people, said that black school children could go to school in the same classrooms as white school children. Was that the act of an activist judge? Let me ask you this though, what would happen if we put it to the vote? What would happen if we put the Equal Protection Clause to the vote? I dare say that it would fail."

Keith Ellison, Minnesota House speech in response to HF3922 proposing an amendment to the MN state constitution to define marriage, (2006). The 2006 bill failed but MN state politicians have since introduced four similar, failed measures and vow to keep trying.

We thank Michelle Marzullo for nominating Congressman Keith Ellison to be a Voice for Equality!

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