Is now the time for lawmakers to take action that would redefine marriage in Minnesota?

Legislation to make same-sex marriage legal in Minnesota has cleared its last committee in the state House, and a long-anticipated floor vote could be coming by the end of the week.

House DFL leaders still are not revealing their plans for the bill or whether they have the 68 votes needed to pass it. Senate DFL leaders say they have the votes to pass the bill, and may even take it up ahead of the House. The Senate Finance Committee has scheduled its own review of the bill’s fiscal note for later this morning.

Advocates on both sides of the issue have increased their lobbying efforts. Opponents of the bill gathered Monday at the Capitol to highlight what they see as a significant flaw in the proposed legislation. They claim it would inadequately protect the religious liberties of people who do not support same-sex marriage.

Today’s Question: Is now the time for lawmakers to take action that would redefine marriage in Minnesota?