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  [MN] Senate panel kills gay marriage amendment
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Last EditedThe Sunset Provision  Apr 05, 2006 06:31pm
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MediaNewspaper - Grand Forks Herald
News DateThursday, April 6, 2006 12:30:00 AM UTC0:0
DescriptionThe Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday shot down a constitutional amendment to preserve the traditional definition of marriage in Minnesota. Amendment backers expected the setback, and said the fight's not over.

In a last-minute twist, senators altered the proposed amendment so that it wouldn't have asked voters to strictly ban the legal recognition of same-sex relationships. Instead, it would have prohibited judges from defining marriage in Minnesota, reserving that right for state legislators.

Though one Democrat supported that alteration, all five then proceeded to kill the amendment anyway. It was rejected 5-4, along party lines.

"The whole premise is that if we do this, gay families and gay people are somehow going to go away," said Sen. John Marty, DFL-Roseville. "They're not going to. They're in my neighborhood, and they're in your neighborhood. A constitutional amendment isn't going to stop any of these couples from falling in love, from making commitments to each other, from starting families. The only thing it would do is take away their rights."
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