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Minnesota GOP Introduces, Fast-Tracks Ballot Initiative to Ban Same-Sex Marriage

Despite an economic crisis in the state and a budget that is still pending, Minnesota Republicans have decided instead to focus on bashing gays, the Minnesota Independent reports:

Limmer 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.

Not only that, the bill will be fast-tracked to meet a committee deadline and will get a hearing this week. 

Said the bill's author Sen. Warren Limmer (right): "We believe we owe the public the opportunity to be engaged...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."


Since the bill is a ballot initiative, it will bypass Gov. Mark Dayton’s veto pen should it pass both chambers of the Legislature, which — since both bodies are controlled by Republicans — it seems likely to do.

The ballot question would read, “Shall the Minnesota Constitution be amended to provide that only a union of one man and one woman shall be valid or recognized as a marriage in Minnesota?”

Dibble Towleroad received a statement from openly gay state senator Scott Dibble (D-Minneapolis):

“It’s disturbing that Republicans want to use one of the last weeks of the legislative session to marginalize one group of people and divide our state. We are facing a $5 billion budget shortfall, yet Republicans believe the biggest threat to our state’s welfare is who is allowed to be married.”
“For same-sex couples, marriage is about economics; it’s about allowing families to take responsibility for each other and support their loved ones, creating strong households throughout our state. For this reason, there is significant evidence that the states that do the best economically are the ones that embrace diversity, not shut it out. With this amendment, we are taking Minnesota in exactly the opposite direction of where we should be headed – toward a stronger economy that welcomes the contributions of all people.”
“Minnesotans who are married legally have access to at least 515 laws that provide security, legal protections, and basic rights such as the ability to care for each other. As lawmakers, we should be focused on breaking these barriers that still exist for thousands of Minnesotans, rather than further isolating one group of people and wasting taxpayers’ time with unfounded fears.”
“This issue doesn’t help a single family in Minnesota, it doesn’t create a single job, and it actually harms our state’s economy. It is very troubling that we’re being asked to spend the final days of the legislative session focused on such a divisive issue.”

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  1. Republicans have demonized blacks, Hispanics, women, Muslims and ofcourse gays... Who is the new voting bloc that will return their bigot asses to the White House?

    Posted by: NY2.0 | Apr 27, 2011 12:40:34 AM

  2. It's okay to vent and complain, but to defeat this demon, we need more proactiviity. We need sleuths to sniff out every last skeleton in these bigots' closets and bring them to the light of day. If a smear campaign is what they want, then that's what we should give them. This is how they like to play, so they deserve no less.

    Posted by: Superman | Apr 27, 2011 1:02:09 AM

  3. I think that 2012 elections will flip control back to the Democrats in Minnesota. I think most people are really appalled at what is happening with the Republican controlled legislature pushing a very extreme social agenda. Though Minnesota has swung to the right since Hubert Humphrey, it is still more moderate socially than the current legislature. While most are ok with a law banning same-sex marriage, I don't think a majority will support a constitutional ban. But if they do, I give up on Minnesota and the USA and am moving to Canada.

    Posted by: TSG | Apr 27, 2011 1:39:57 AM

  4. I would bet money that Limmer is a closeted, self-loathing gay man. Somebody out him, please.

    Posted by: Abel | Apr 27, 2011 6:18:52 AM

  5. I have lived in MN my entire life and I am sad and disgusted at what's happening here. We used to be one mark of sanity in the Midwest. But I hear that none of these state issues are going to matter anyway. Vote yes, vote no. Whatever. It needs to come from the Federal Government or it will not matter at all. Look at the BS happening in Iowa. Look at Prop 8. Why the EFF is there still a stay on that?!! How long has it been since there was a victory in CA? As far as this state measure in my beloved MN, those that fight against it need to point out IN NO UNCERTAIN TERMS that this is nothing but a diversionary tactic to take all of the attention away from the economy.

    Posted by: AJ | Apr 27, 2011 10:04:52 AM

  6. Ken, you ask a good question. There is indeed a chance that this could backfire on Republicans and that both this proposed amendment and many Republicans, including their party's nominee for President, will be defeated at the polls by Minnesota voters in 2012. That will only happen if we ignore LincolnLounger and the many other voices within our community heard on this site and elsewhere, loudly proclaiming that there is no difference between Republicans and Democrats and that we would do well by our community to withhold our votes from Dems. Minnesota (like Indiana, North Carolina and other places) is an excellent example of why that thinking is so flawed: had LGBT and other progressive voters turned out like the tea baggers in 2010, the Minnesota legislature would this year have been debating a marriage equality bill of which the new governor is an enthusiastic supporter. Instead, when our side stayed home, we get this. Well played, LCR/GOProud.

    Posted by: Patric | Apr 27, 2011 11:29:15 AM

  7. Crash and burn...I live in MN and I work for a non-profit it is on the verge of crash and burn. The politicians r not only cutting 6% but also on top of that cut 17%....CRASH AND BURN!!!

    Posted by: wyocwboy62 | Apr 27, 2011 6:53:23 PM

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