Changing the Debate: Fairness for Committed Couples

Project 515
A significant gap exists between the fairness Minnesotans value and what actually exists under Minnesota law. Nearly eight out of 10 Minnesotans said they think government should treat people no differently because of their sexual orientation, and seven out of 10 Minnesotans said they believe “gays and lesbians should have the same rights and responsibilities as everyone else,” according to a 2006 statewide survey. Yet at least 515 Minnesota statutes treat gay and lesbian couples in committed relationships unfairly and unequally. [PDF]