Same sex marriage amendment passes

The House voted mostly along party lines, 70-62, to put a constitutional amendment on the 2012 ballot defining marriage as between one man and one woman.

The votes followed five hours of debate, some of the most personal in memory. But, as Republicans had promised, they had the support to join the Senate in voting to put the measure on the ballot.

Aisle crossers included four Republicans voting against: John Kriesel, of Cottage Grove; Tim Kelly, of Red Wing; Steve Smith, of Mound; and Rich Murray of Albert Lea. DFLers Denise Dittrich, of Champin, and Lyle Koenen, of Clara City, voted yes, parted with their caucus to vote yes.

Here’s a roll call.

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