A petition demanding lawmakers take up a bill legalizing gay marriage has surpassed 4,000 signatures.

The “Marriage Equality for Minnesota Now!” petition includes only two simple sentences: “Minnesota voters soundly rejected an attempt to write a ban on same-sex marriage into the Minnesota Constitution. It's time for marriage equality for all Minnesotans.”

In addition to rejecting the amendment, voters on November 6 also penalized Republicans who approved placing the question on the ballot, handing control of both chambers of the Legislature over to Democrats for the first time in more than two decades.

Incoming leadership, however, is keeping the issue at arm's length.

Senator Tom Bakk, who'll lead the Senate next year, has asked for marriage equality to be put on the “back shelf.”

“This state has serious financial challenges,” he said.

Also asking for restraint is Senator Scott Dibble, who is openly gay: “I think we need to just pause for a second and really understand what this victory yesterday means. … I don't know if we're going to immediately proceed to an effort to repeal Minnesota's DOMA [Defense of Marriage Act] law, but I do know that we are going to continue to take a look at having this discussion.”

Governor Mark Dayton campaigned against passage of the ban and has said he would sign a marriage equality bill into law.

Other states where Democratic wins appear likely to affect gay rights include Colorado, New Hampshire and Rhode Island.