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Minnesota House Approves Anti-Gay Marriage Amendment

The Minnesota House of Representatives voted 70-62 to approve a ballot initiate aimed at amending the Minnesota constitution to ban same-sex marriage.

The Associated Press reports:

The Minnesota House signed off late Saturday on a proposed constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage, clearing the way for voters to decide the issue in 2012.

After nearly six hours of emotional debate, mostly from ban opponents, the House voted 70-62 to approve putting the question on the statewide ballot next year. A handful of Republicans joined all but one Democrat in voting against it.

State law already prohibits gay marriage, but supporters of the proposed amendment said it’s necessary to prevent judges or future lawmakers from making it legal in Minnesota. Critics said the plan is divisive and would put discrimination into the constitution.

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

Read the full article via CHICAGO TRIBUNE