Skip to main content

Senate, House panels approve gay marriage bill on party line votes

  • Author:
  • Updated:
    Original:

Committees in the Minnesota House and Senate have approved a measure that would legalize gay marriage in the state.

The Senate Judiciary Committee voted 5-3 along party lines, with DFLers supporting the measure. Politics in Minnesota reports in nearly three hours of testimony the committee heard from a range of speakers on either side of the issue.

Marilyn Carlson Nelson, who chairs the Carlson Cos., testified that discriminating against same-sex couples hurts business recruitment. Earlier, a House committee heard from eleven-year-old Grace Evans, who testified that every Minnesota child should have both a mother and a father.

The House Civil Law Committee voted 10-7, also along party lines, in favor of the bill. The House sponsor, Minneapolis DFLer Karen Clark, said "It's time for us to do the right thing," the Pioneer Press reports.

The full House and Senate are not expected to vote on the measure for a few weeks.

Both opponents and supporters of the legislation have rallied at the Capitol recently.

Lobbyists on both sides of the issue are leaning heavily on lawmakers, focusing in particular on rural Democrats, MPR reports. MPR cites an example: Minnesotans United for All Families over the weekend had volunteers calling voters in the Willmar area, urging them to leave voicemail messages in support of gay marriage for Rep. Mary Sawatzky, DFL-Willmar.

"At this point, how can I argue with 69 percent in Willmar saying marriage is between one man and one woman?" Sawatzky said, MPR reported.

Gay marriage advocates hope to capitalize on a vote in the November election, when voters rejected a measure that would have cemented a same-sex marriage ban in the state constitution. But it's not clear that Minnesotans want to take the next step and legalize gay marriage in the state, critics of the bill say. A recent Star Tribune poll found that a majority of Minnesotans do not support legalizing gay marriage.

Next Up

Karl-Anthony Towns

Timberwolves survive Knicks' second-half barrage to get back to .500

Karl-Anthony Towns' lay-in helped Minnesota get a win in The Garden.

FLickr - crime scene tape do not crozz

Charges: MN teen shot mom after dispute over meth

The girl's mother said there had been a dispute over methamphetamine.

bad roads, blizzard

No travel advised: High winds, whiteout conditions in NW MN

Zero visibility in parts of greater Minnesota Tuesday night.

holy angels high school j nelson

Update: Holy Angels evacuated over bomb threat, school says

Someone left a voicemail early Tuesday suggesting there was an explosive device.

radio station, microphone

Convicted stalker charged with harassment of another DJ at The Current

He pleaded guilty to similar charges involving the DJ's colleague back in 2015.

Mall of America exterior Tyler Vigen Wikimedia COmmons

10 new shops, food stops at Mall of America

Donuts, K-fashion, model cars — the new tenants cover a lot of bases.

Gophers basketball

Gophers fall below roster minimum, postpone Penn State game

It is "due to internal COVID-19 protocols within the Golden Gopher program."

Raheem Morris

Report: Vikings request interview with Rams' Raheem Morris

Morris was once the youngest head coach in the NFL at 33 years old.

train crossing S Boardman Ave, New York Mills, Minnesota - August 2013 crop GSV

Sheriff: Drunk driver crashed trying to 'beat the train'

The BNSF train slammed into the side of the driver's car.

ambulance

Man run over after parking dispute leads to road rage crash

The two groups fought about parking prior to the crash.

hwy 41 engler boulevard crash crop

Deadly crash shuts down small stretch of Chaska highway for hours

A driver crossed over the center median and hit another vehicle.

covid test 6

You can now order 4 free at-home COVID tests from the government

Tests will ship for free within 7-12 days, according to the White House.

Related