Gay Marriage Ban To Be Debated Today In MN State Senate
A bill to ban gay marriage in Minnesota’s constitution is set to get a hearing in a state Senate committee today. The hearing is expected to draw heavy interest from both sides of the issue.
It’s been five years since the Senate Judiciary Committee held a hearing on a gay marriage ban, but Republicans now in control of the Legislature are again pushing to put the question before statewide voters in 2012.
Minnesota statutes already ban gay marriage, but supporters of the constitutional ban say the higher ban is needed to guard against judicial decisions or a move to repeal the ban altogether.
Democratic critics of the new effort say it’s a distraction from the state’s budget problems and that public opinion is shifting rapidly in favor of legal recognition of gay relationships.