Same-sex marriage ban one step from voters

A ban on same-sex marriage is just one step away from the the November 2012 ballot. A House committee passed the bill to the House floor today on a mostly party-line vote. Given its broad support among Republicans, it’s a sure bet to pass when it comes up for a vote on Thursday. The only question is whether any Republicans will speak in favor of it before a vote. In the Senate, nearly every Republican member was silent during the debate.

TPT’s Mary Lahammer put some images from the hearing on her Facebook page.

The roll call:

Legislator Party
District

Vote

Sarah Anderson

Republican
43A
FOR

King Banaian

Republican
15B
FOR

John Benson

DFL
43B
AGAINST

Kathy Brynaert

DFL
23B
AGAINST

Kurt Daudt

Republican
17A
FOR

Matt Dean

Republican
52B
FOR

Rod Hamilton

Republican
22B
FOR

Debra Hilstrom

DFL
46B
AGAINST

Joe Hoppe

Republican
34B
FOR

Larry Howes

Republican
04B
FOR

Tim Kelly

Republican
28A
AGAINST

Kate Knuth

DFL
50B
AGAINST

Carolyn Laine

DFL
50A
AGAINST

Leon Lillie

DFL
55A
AGAINST

Tara Mack

Republican
37A
FOR

Denny McNamara

Republican
57B
FOR

Erin Murphy

DFL
64A
AGAINST

Bud Nornes

Republican
10A
FOR

Kim Norton

DFL
29B
AGAINST

Michael Paymar

DFL
64B
AGAINST

Gene Pelowski, Jr.

DFL
31A
AGAINST

Joyce Peppin

Republican
32A
FOR

Peggy Scott

Republican
49A
FOR

Paul Thissen

DFL
63A
AGAINST

Torrey Westrom

Republican
11A
FOR
  • Albatross

    This is appalling and barbaric. Kudos to Republican Tim Kelly for voting against this shameful measure. Like Republican John Kriesel who also voted against this measure, this liberal will be sending Mr. Kelly some campaign cash to thank him for his courage in bucking the notoriously vindictive Republican party.

  • Just for once, I would like an articulated argument just why Same sex marriage is such a threat to the Republic.

    Really, what is the big deal if “Adam and Steve” down the block get married? Or “Adia and Eve” decide to tie the knot?

    So a Judge might find laws that find prohibiting it illegal. So what?!

  • Martha Cohen

    The Republicans argue that we should let the people of Minnesota decide. They mislead us, for in fact issues of basic rights should not be decided by popular vote. At certain times in history the majority would vote to deny certain rights to minorities. One need only think of the South at the time that Jim Crow flourished. Once it was illegal for persons of different races to marry. Now it is illegal for same sex couples to marry. By refusing them the right to marry, the majority deprives them of benefits that heterosexual couples who are married take for granted.

    In thirty years of practice as a marriage counselor, I have yet to meet a heterosexual couple whose relationship was troubled by the existence of same-sex couples.

    As racism would have influenced a referendum on equal rights for blacks in Southern states, homophobia may well influence a referendum on the definition of marriage in Minnesota. It will be a shameful thing for our state if this deprivation of equal rights is ensconced in our constitution.

  • Aimee Eggen

    I really dont care who gets married to whom and I dont understand why this is anyone’s business either. If two people want to get married – let them. I believe we have much bigger issues to take care of at this time in the State of Minnesota then to be worried about this.

  • Drae

    As a Republican, I am appalled by this legislation but I rather do hope they pass it so the people of Minnesota can let them know, loud and clear, that we support individual rights and equal treatment before the law – things I thought Republicans stood for once upon a time.

    I guess this group of republicans seems to think they were sent to St Paul to push a social agenda and not to deal with fiscal issues. Well, MN GOPers – go for it. You will have the shortest majority in legislative history.

  • Aud Alb

    @Drae: I loved your comment! I would also love for the state of MN to resoundingly DEFEAT this amendment (and the other “social issue initiatives” the GOP will place on the ballot). I am angry that they are playing politics with peoples’ lives, and that the roll call votes have been straight down party lines. It is almost like they’ve completely turned a deaf ear to the personal testimonies of people this will hurt directly!

    My biggest concern: between now and Nov. 2012, organizations like NOM (the National Organization for Marriage) have pledged to come in with a media blitz that has already been exposed as fraught with lies, fear and misinformation. That will certainly be a factor in the outcome. In the meantime, it will rip communities in MN apart. Do we really want 18 months of these campaign ads here?

    GLBT families will be in the awkward position of refuting horrible distortions, defending who they intrinsically are, and will literally be asking voters for compassion when they vote on their civil rights.

    Putting the future stability of these families — their access to fundamental rights — on the ballot is so not ok!