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Minnesota Measure to Ban Same-Sex Marriage Gets Hearing Today; Language Trimmed to Allow Civil Unions

Fast-tracked legislation toward a ballot measure to ban same-sex marriage in the state gets a hearing in Minnesota today. Lawmakers have changed the language in the legislation from years past.

Limmer-mn How nice of them:

Unlike previous years, the proposed amendment is limited to marriage, and does not address legal equivalents. That could open the door to legal recognition of civil unions and other non-marriage partnerships between gay couples.

"The language that we are proposing today doesn't do anything except say this is what we mean by marriage," said Sen. David Hann, an amendment co-sponsor. "In past years, there may have been desires to do other things."

The change could give the measure a better chance when it comes to the ballot.

The linguistic difference means that even if voters approved the amendment on the 2012 ballot, a future Legislature could permit legal arrangements between gay couples, including allowing same-sex couples the same legal rights as married couples.

Watch a video of proponents and advocates at the bill's introduction, AFTER THE JUMP...

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  1. Every time we read about the pending Republican efforts to enshrine anti-gay discrimination in the Minnesota constitution, we need to remember that this is only happening because LCR/GOProud types and other Republican apologists, like frequent commenter LincolnLounger on this site, got their way and too many LGBT voters and progressive voters decided to sit out the 2010 midterm elections. The governor of Minnesota is as enthusiastic a supporter of marriage equality as any governor in the nation and, had we turned out in sufficient numbers and kept Dems in control in the Minnesota state legislature, we'd be talking about marriage equality legislation in Minnesota right now. We'll have another shot in 2012 to turn things around in Minnesota but it will only happen if we stop listening to the Republican apologists who keep claiming that there is no difference between Dems and Repuglicans.

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