Minnesota comes one step closer to enshrining discrimination in the state constitution. The House Committee on Rules and Administration narrowly voted 13-12 to advance a constitutional ban on same-sex marriage to the full chamber. The vote was met with vocal protests, reports the Minnesota Independent.
One Republican, Rep. Tim Kelly of Red Wing, joined the DFL in voting against the measure. DFLers pleaded with Republicans on the committee. "The founding fathers warned against tyranny of majority," said Rep. Kathy Brynaert, DFL-Mankato. "Don’t do this."
Rep. Kate Knuth, DFL-New Brighton, said. “Why take away rights in our constitution? Why tear the people of our state apart? It makes me physically ill to think of the division we’ll see.”
Rep. Carolyn Laine, DFL-Columbia Heights, said, “Clearly this isn’t about the sanctity of marriage; it’s about discrimination."
As the roll call was being taken, several protesters shouted “Shame!” and “You are damaging my life and my family!” One was dragged from the committee room.
The bill now heads to a House floor vote. If it passes the House, the amendment will appear on the 2012 ballot.