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Gay Marriage Ban Advances in Minnesota

Gay Marriage Ban Advances in Minnesota

A judiciary committee in Minnesota's senate passed a bill that could allow voters to pass a constitutional ban on same-sex marriage. Voting 8-4, Minnesota's GOP-controlled senate judiciary committee green-lit the legislation after two hours of debate and an hour-long debate between senators. Previous efforts by Minnesota's senate to pass a constitutional ban on gay marriage — the state already outlaws marriage equality, though the ban is not yet written into the constitution — have failed, but Republicans gained an upperhand in the past election. Both the senate and house of Minnesota are Republican-controlled, while the governor, Mark Dayton, is a Democrat.

A judiciary committee in Minnesota's senate passed a bill that could allow voters to pass a constitutional ban on same-sex marriage.

Voting 8-4, Minnesota's GOP-controlled senate judiciary committee green-lit the legislation after two hours of debate and an hour-long debate between senators, reports the Minnesota Star-Tribune. Previous efforts by Minnesota's senate to pass a constitutional ban on gay marriage — the state already outlaws marriage equality, though the ban is not yet written into the constitution — have failed, but Republicans gained an upperhand in the past election. Both the senate and house of Minnesota are Republican-controlled, while the governor, Mark Dayton, is a Democrat.

Civil rights leaders and Democrats say the constitutional ban is an effort by Republicans to distract voters from more pressing issues.

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