Minnesota Republican Party officials have reaffirmed support of a proposed constitutional amendment that would effectively ban gay marriage in the state.
Several prominent Republicans announced Thursday that they oppose the amendment, which will be on the statewide ballot in 2012, and would define marriage as only between one man and one woman.
State Republican Party Chair Tony Sutton quickly responded with this statement:
“The Republican Party unconditionally supports the state party platform calling for a state constitutional amendment defining marriage as the union of one man and one woman. The Republican Party of Minnesota is a true grassroots organization and the party platform reflects the views and values of the majority of Republicans elected by their neighbors in communities throughout Minnesota. The party recognizes that not all Republicans might agree with all of the party platform at all times; debate is healthy, but at the end of the day the MNGOP stands behind and supports its activist and passage of the marriage amendment.
“Standing behind party activists is how the Republican Party differs from the Democrats. When Democrats held a legislative majority they could have passed a constitutional amendment changing current state law and the definition of marriage. They chose not to even raise the issue in the legislature because they feared voter reaction. In other words, they abandoned a constituency they claimed to care about for political expediency. Now that Republicans are willing to bring some finality to the issue by bringing it to a vote by the people of Minnesota, the Democrats are eager to grab a moral high ground they do not deserve.”