According to Andy Birkey of the Minnesota Independent, a constitutional amendment banning marriage equality for same-sex couples was introduced in the Minnesota Senate.
Republicans in the Minnesota Senate introduced three bills on Tuesday that aim to put a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage before voters in 2012. Minnesota law already outlaws same-sex marriage. State Democrats say the bill is a distraction from the economic crisis – and a state budget that the GOP has yet to pass.
Maple Grove Republican Sen. Warren Limmer, the measure’s chief author, said the bill was not about putting forth an issue that’d boost voter turnout for the GOP in 2012. “Quite honestly, it could cut both ways,” he said at a press conference. “We believe we owe the public the opportunity to be engaged.”
When asked about the timing of the bill and if he thought there would be a backlash, he said, “Personally I don’t think there’s going to be that much backlash on this. We want to give the public as much time as possible to consider it.”
The hearing for the amendment will be heard by the Senate Judiciary Committee on Friday, April 29th, 2011 in the Senate Hearing Room at 12:00pm.
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