Dayton urges Republicans to withdraw marriage amendment, cites Koch scandal

Gov. Dayton tells MPR that Amy Koch's apparent affair with a staffer makes it hard for Republicans to claim the moral high ground when it comes to marriage. He says he hopes the party will reconsider a constitutional amendment that would restrict marriage to opposite-sex couples.
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Gov. Dayton tells MPR that Amy Koch's apparent affair with a staffer makes it hard for Republicans to claim the moral high ground when it comes to marriage. He says he hopes the party will reconsider a constitutional amendment that would restrict marriage to opposite-sex couples.

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