Voters In US State To Vote On Gay Marriage Ban

The Minnesota House has signed off on a proposed constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage, meaning voters will decide the issue in 2012.

After nearly six hours of emotional debate, the House voted 70-62 to approve the plan late Saturday.

State law already prohibits gay marriage, but supporters of the proposed amendment say it's necessary to prevent judges or future lawmakers from making it legal in Minnesota. Critics say it's divisive and puts discrimination in the state Constitution.

The amendment would define marriage as only between a man and a woman.

The state Senate already passed the measure. Gov. Mark Dayton has said he'll fight the amendment, but he has no power to block it.


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  • by Anonymous on May 22, 2011 at 06:41 PM
    In reply to OSOC May 22, 2011 at 06:39 PM. First of, lol. Don't even bring up this nonsense about you being a registered Democratic party member, nobody believes you. And please, stop trying to deny that it's the GOP that houses the majority of the extremist in the country. Why just the other day a 16 year old who challeneged Bachmann was gettting death threats. Yeah, that's your party, the party of people who threaten to kill a 16 year old because of their intelligence and willingness to challange the utter stupidity spouted by members of the tea-party and extremist Republicans.
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      by anon2 on May 22, 2011 at 07:40 PM in reply to
      Dont worry about OSOC, he is just still a little sour that his boyfriend dumped him a little while ago.
  • by Anonymous on May 22, 2011 at 08:26 AM
    Put the Bible's away and forget about God.
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      by Anonymous on May 22, 2011 at 10:37 AM in reply to
      Hell is seperation from God.
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      by Ain't that right on May 22, 2011 at 10:56 AM in reply to
      How many people were left behind yesterday? HAHAH everybody, did they mention that today? No!
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        by Anonymous on May 22, 2011 at 03:53 PM in reply to Ain't that right
        The Bible clearly states that only god knows when the end of time will come. Only fools think they can predict the end of time.
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      by Obama Snake Oil Co on May 22, 2011 at 12:10 PM in reply to
      Just cause you have a death wish...doesn't mean we do. Put away your posts...why did you even bother...Did you use your mommies computer?
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      by BLAHammed on May 22, 2011 at 02:41 PM in reply to
      Why,so we can worship your annointed one,oBLAHma?
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        by Anonymous on May 23, 2011 at 05:36 AM in reply to BLAHammed
        At least he's real.
  • by Theocracy? Location: enc on May 22, 2011 at 07:54 AM
    Please tell me how this law is different from the social and religious laws enforced by those is Iraq and Iran? What the law says may be different, but laws which enforce religious beliefs are religious repression! Those in favor of the government enforcing their religious beliefs are the same all over the world. They believe God is on their side and they have the right to submit others to their religious beliefs! This is a type of "Christian Taliban"!
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      by Anonymous on May 22, 2011 at 10:39 AM in reply to Theocracy?
      All of the major religions of the world teach against the practice of homosexuality for good reason.
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        by Back on May 22, 2011 at 12:17 PM in reply to
        They also teach against alcohol! Bring back prohibition!!
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        by Anonymous on May 22, 2011 at 12:47 PM in reply to
        Because they are bigoted, antiquated, and draconian? None of those seem like very good reasons to me.
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          by Anonymous on May 22, 2011 at 03:57 PM in reply to
          If youare not part of a religion then you are in a small minority in the worlds population.
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        by Anonymous on May 22, 2011 at 03:25 PM in reply to
        What is that reason?
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          by Anonymous on May 22, 2011 at 05:28 PM in reply to Anonymous
          Do the research or are you afraid of the answer?
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      by Obama Snake Oil Co on May 22, 2011 at 12:08 PM in reply to Theocracy?
      I don't know..last I looked we didn't cut gay peoples heads off...just keep that in mind when it comes to liberals. They don't like them either...suggest you just accept it, bow down and take the knife...it will be simpler...
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        by Anonymous on May 22, 2011 at 12:51 PM in reply to Obama Snake Oil Co
        No, you just deny them basic fundemental human rights which all other citizens of the United States of America enjoy. Face is, Republicans, at least the modern extremist sect of the GOP (neo-cons, fundementalist, tea-partiers) are the American equilvant of al-Qaeda.
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          by Obama Snake Oil co on May 22, 2011 at 03:39 PM in reply to
          You are the poster child to why I am against people using drugs. You party of extremists is the group who side with the muslim brotherhood in Egypt and you put that nonsense on republicans. Come on man, I am a democrat and I know it is our party extremists helping the terrorists. Ever heard of code blue? Geez...how out of touch can you be. Only explanation, you are a notsee. You didn't really vote for Oblamabush did you? You never even notice he is walking Bush path to a tee....
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          by anon on May 22, 2011 at 07:42 PM in reply to
          who's party is responsible for enciting 60 cases of domestic terrorism since the mid 90s? Oh yeah, the Republicans....
  • by GOP! Location: enc on May 22, 2011 at 07:44 AM
    The GOP just lost one of the best opportunities to enter the 2012 race. Mitch Daniels will not run. I find it too obvious that this is a man who clearly says that Republicans need to "back off" social issues. He is a moderate who knows that gay rights and a woman's right to chose are distroying his party. Now, he will not run. His wife is unwilling to expose her family to the rigors of politics and, personally, I don't blame her! Ironically, it would have been her own party who would have denounced him for these views. So, you who think that government is here to enforce your personal social and moral agenda have lost a good leader. How many more are you willing to drive away? These proposals and new laws are going to be short lived, but you are going to lose the war and lose good leaders.
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      by Obama Snake Oil Co on May 22, 2011 at 12:06 PM in reply to GOP!
      You will lose in 2012 no matter who runs...suggest eye tissues while you can afford them....don't post as GOP...post as DOPE...fits.
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        by Anonymous on May 22, 2011 at 12:54 PM in reply to Obama Snake Oil Co
        And this is exactly the mentality that will cause the GOP to finally fade into the obsecurity of time. Face it, soon, after all the antiquated fossils of days gone by fall to their last days things will change and your kind will no longer have a strangle-hold on the modern generations. I just hope that generation finds it way into the modern world before they pass.
  • by Anonymous on May 22, 2011 at 07:23 AM
    Ignorance... complete ignorance.
  • by Anonymous on May 22, 2011 at 04:05 AM
    if the couple can produce a child naturally... they should be allowed to marry... fair enough???
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      by Anonymous on May 22, 2011 at 11:17 AM in reply to
      So all those women who can't get pregnant naturally shouldn't be allowed to marry? Same with me who can't naturally father a child?
  • by yellowribbons Location: Eastern NC on May 22, 2011 at 03:50 AM
    Amen! God defined marriage as 1 man and 1 woman; it's about time we do too!
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      by Really on May 22, 2011 at 07:46 AM in reply to yellowribbons
      Please give me that scripture reference!
  • by BLAH on May 22, 2011 at 03:32 AM
    When it comes to something like this the people should be the ones to decide.Leave the polititians out.They(most)only vote whats best for them in situations like this.If this were the case in every state you would see that no state excluding california(claifornicate) would allow this immoral bull defication.
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      by Anonymous on May 22, 2011 at 01:36 PM in reply to BLAH
      You are aware that the majority of Americans, in ALL states, don't really have a problem with gay marriage, aren't you? About 63% say gay people should be allowed the same rights as heterosexual couples. The sun is setting on your backward generation.
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        by Anonymous on May 22, 2011 at 04:49 PM in reply to
        Put it to a vote and let the results dictate. We can all agree to that in a democracy.
  • by Anonymous on May 22, 2011 at 01:35 AM
    God will be pleased.
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      by To Anonymous on May 22, 2011 at 07:45 AM in reply to
      God doesn't need for government to do something for Him. Did you miss the part where the Bible clearly states that His kingdom is NOT of this world?
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        by Anonymous on May 22, 2011 at 10:35 AM in reply to To Anonymous
        We should not let the government encourage sin by condoning immoral and destructive behavior. Good put it to a vote and leave the government out. Let the voters decide.
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      by Anonymous on May 22, 2011 at 11:16 AM in reply to
      God is a bigot?
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        by Anonymous on May 22, 2011 at 04:51 PM in reply to
        God still loves you even when you slander his name in vain. Jesus would tell you go and sin no more.
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