Report Shows One Quarter Of State Reps Voted Against District Majority On Same-Sex Marriage
As we reported earlier in the day, the Minnesota House passed a bill to legalize same-sex marriage on Thursday. Local State Rep. Tim Faust voted in favor of the bill despite a majority of his constituents voting opposite of him in last falls vote on the marriage amendment. Upon further review, it appears Faust is not alone in voting differently than his district’s majority.
A report offered today by the Associated press shows that a quarter of Minnesota House members wound up voting a personal preference on legalizing same sex marriage rather than following results of last November’s ballot measure to ban it.
Thursday’s 75-59 vote in favor of a bill to permit same-sex marriage saw Republicans and Democrats defy the fall outcome on the constitutional amendment in their district.
Eighteen Republicans from districts where a majority opposed barring gay marriage voted to keep marriage as exclusively for one man and one woman.
Fifteen Democrats bucked the home tide by supporting gay marriage while representing districts that clearly opposed it.
The measure is expected to pass in the Minnesota Senate next week, then be signed by Gov. Mark Dayton. Same-sex couples will likely be allowed to begin marrying one another in Minnesota on August 1.