By David Bailey. The Senate approved the proposed amendment earlier in May largely along party lines. Minnesota law already bans gay marriage, but amendment sponsors argued that a constitutional amendment would ensure legislators or a small group of judges could not change that. Democratic Governor Mark Dayton, who strongly opposes any constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriage, has no power to stop lawmakers from putting an amendment on the ballot. Protesters supporting and opposing the amendment could be heard demonstrating outside the House chambers for days and anti-amendment chants were audible after the vote. Democrats questioned the drive for the constitutional amendment with the state budget still unresolved.
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PAUL - Minnesota voters will be asked in Tuesday's election whether they want to amend the state constitution to define marriage as between one man and one woman, effectively outlawing gay marriages. Here is a look at the issues:. The Minnesota Constitution is amended when the Legislature passes a proposed amendment and a majority of voters in a general election approve it. The governor has no official role.
Let the fundraising begin. A handful of Republican legislators this week proposed placing a constitutional amendment on the ballot for that would define marriage as only between a man and a woman. In the process, they dramatically changed the landscape of politics in Minnesota. Legislative seats will be won and lost on the issue. Religious groups will line up on either side of the issue.
Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton signed a bill Tuesday that legalizes gay marriage, making the state the 12th to do so. Marriage equality gained an important foothold in the Midwest on Monday, as the Minnesota Senate voted to approve a historic measure extending marriage rights to gay and lesbian couples. Hundreds of supporters at the Capitol erupted in cheers as lawmakers passed the bill by a vote of in the state Senate, where Democrats hold a majority.