Gay marriage debate sizzling this summer

The latest: a national group working to ban gay marriage has asked Minnesota's largest corporations to remain neutral on the issue. Meanwhile, the debate is dividing the state's clergy, and Rep. Keith Ellison makes his prediction on the marriage amendment.

The debate over gay marriage is heating up this summer in advance of a vote this fall, when Minnesotans will decide whether to formalize a gay marriage ban with a constitutional amendment. The amendment would define marriage as between a man and woman.

It wasn't surprising that the Target Corporation found itself under fire recently from opponents of gay marriage when it launched a pride T-shirt product, selling a variety on designs online. Now the group National Organization for Marriage is asking other Minnesota businesses to stay out of the debate, KARE 11 reports:

Minnesota Catholics continue to rally in support of the marriage amendment, with a Sunday event, MPR reports.

The debate is pitting members of the Minnesota's clergy against each other, the Associated Press says.

Rep. Keith Ellison, D-Minn., makes his prediction on the marriage amendment.

Meanwhile, the debate rages nationwide in the streets, in Legislatures and in court houses.

On Wednesday, a law that defines marriage as between a man and a woman was found unconstitutional by a federal judge in New York because it improperly interferes with states' rights to regulate marriage, Reuters reports.

The recent NCAAP move to endorse same-sex marriage has led to discord within the organization, NPR reports.

And for those of you keeping tabs on where celebs stand: popular "American Idol" winner Carrie Underwood has come out in favor of same-sex marriage, The Hollywood Reporter says.

The Boston Globe today has a quick look at where states stand on the issue.

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Gay marriage debate pits young vs. old

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Gay marriage supporters rallying

St. Paul-area Lutherans assembling in Burnsville, and separately, Gov. Mark Dayton and other activists holding "house parties" around the state, demonstrated their opposition to an amendment to the state Constitution that would define marriage as a union between a man and a woman.

And next ... law that allows gay marriage in Minnesota?

Gay marriage advocates, fresh from winning a fight over a constitutional amendment that would have banned same-sex unions, is already planning for what they say is the next logical step. State law still does not allow for gay marriage. They aim to change that.

Marriage amendment activists on both sides duel over children of gay couples

Internet celebrity Zach Wahls, the 21-year-old son of an Iowa same-sex couple, has been campaigning in Minnesota this week against the state ballot measure that would effectively ban gay marriage. Meanwhile, the pro-measure group Minnesota for Marriage has released a video that argues children of same-sex couples are more vulnerable than those raised by a mother and father.