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Minnesota Gay Marriage Ban Moves Closer To 2012 ballot

A constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage in Minnesota moves closer to 2012 ballot

Minnesota Public Radio reports:

St. Paul, Minn. ? A House panel gave approval to proposed constitutional amendment banning same sex marriage in Minnesota Monday. It was the second time in less than a week that legislators moved the measure toward the 2012 ballot.

Debate over the measure featured impassioned testimony from both sides. Dale Carpenter, a constitutional law professor at the University of Minnesota, said banning same-sex marriage would ignite a political firestorm.

“You will be unleashing the furies, dividing family members, friends, legislators, co-workers and citizens,” Carpenter said. “Some supporters of this amendment have promised to spend millions of dollars to ignite a new round in the culture war, fanning a spark into a flame that will spread across Minnesota. We shouldn’t be starting fires in Minnesota. We should be putting them out together.”

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