A minor change to the bill’s language might make it more palatable to GOP politicians. CBS Minnesota reports:
The House is scheduled to debate and vote Thursday on a measure that would make the state the 12th in the country to allow gay marriage. An amendment posted Wednesday from GOP Rep. David FitzSimmons suggests reframing the bill’s proposed changes to Minnesota’s marriage laws, swapping in the term “civil marriages” in all instances whether couples are of the same or different genders. Richard Carlbom, director of Minnesotans United, the lobby group pushing for gay marriage, told The Associated Press that the group is backing the amendment. It’s meant to guarantee that religious organizations couldn’t be fined, punished or stripped of special status for refusing to perform gay marriages.
The Minnesota House vote is scheduled tomorrow, and the Senate will likely vote on it this weekend.