Gay marriage debate returns to the Capitol

A Senate committee voted to ask voters if they want to amend the state constitution to define marriage as a union between one man and one woman.  For almost a decade lawmakers have been debating whether to ban gay marriage, but this is the first time Republicans have controlled the House and Senate making its passage very likely.  Constitutional amendments don’t need a governor’s approval. 

Most of the hearing featured the same people we’ve heard from for years on the issue, many religious leaders from many faiths testified on both sides of the issue.  The media were looking for some new voices and 24-year old Republican Madeline Koch will get plenty of attention for saying “As a Republican I ask you not to pass this, it will force future Republicans away and we’ll have to spend valuable time later to undo your mistakes.”  But bill author Sen. Warren Limmer (R-Maple Grove) said “We’re giving the public an opportunity to decide policy.”   Lawmakers will debate it tonight on Almanac.

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Comments (1)

  1. Submitted by Alan Davis on 05/02/2011 - 04:06 pm.

    Isn’t it time for the so-called GOP to have the decency to let people decide for themselves who to love? As a true conservative, I have to laugh at these extremist busy bodies who stick their very-large noses into other people’s lives. At the same time, they claim they support freedom. They don’t. They have an agenda. They want to control our behavior. They clearly owe every MN citizen an apology. The post-2010 GOP is not conservative, it’s a joke. Vote Dem in 2012. This true conservative is certainly doing so.

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