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DFL legislators seek business help in stopping gay marriage amendment

Trying to fend off a GOP plan to let voters decide on a constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage, DFL state Rep.

Trying to fend off a GOP plan to let voters decide on a constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage, DFL state Rep. Ryan Winkler has sent a plea for help to the heads of two state business organizations.

The letter (PDF) to David Olson, president of the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce, and Charlie Weaver, executive director of the Minnesota Business Partnership, was also signed by 46 other DFL state representatives.

Said the letter:

“In this competitive environment, Minnesota businesses will be harmed if a prohibition of marriage equality is made part of our constitution. We write to request your leadership in stopping this misguided proposal. Minnesota’s business leaders have understandably weighed in on tax and regulation issues that affect Minnesota’s competitiveness. Similarly, we ask that you send a strong message to the Legislature that the same-sex marriage amendment is bad for business. We also ask that if such a proposal is passed and placed on the ballot, that you publicly oppose it with your voices and resources.”

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There’s a hearing on the proposal today in the state Senate.