Yesterday, lawmakers introduced a marriage equality bill in the Minnesota legislature, just months after Minnesota voters rejected an attempt to ban same sex marriage in the state. LGBTQ Nation reports:
Lawmakers formally launched a long-anticipated effort Wednesday to legalize gay marriage in Minnesota by summer, and gay couples and their small children crowded the kickoff news conference – an image meant to show family diversity already exists in the state. Arguing that such families deserve the same recognition from the state as more traditional ones, sponsors of the gay marriage bill aim to repeal Minnesota’s 1997 law that prohibited marriage between couples of the same sex. The bill exempts churches from being forced to perform same-sex weddings.
Backers of the marriage equality bill said last fall’s defeat of a constitutional ban on same-sex marriage shows the state of Minnesota is ready to legalize same-sex marriage. But Republicans say voters only rejected putting the ban in the constitution, and that it shouldn’t be seen as an endorsement of gay marriage. About 15 GOP lawmakers gathered for a press conference Wednesday to denounce the bill.
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