A Minnesota House committee on Monday
approved a resolution that seeks to constitutionally ban gay marriage
in the state, the
After hearing several hours' worth of
testimony, the Civil Law Committee approved Republican Representative
Steve Gottwat's amendment on a 10 to 7 party-line vote. The measure
now heads to the Ways and Means Committee. A
Senate companion measure cleared its first committee last week.
If approved, voters would be asked in
2012 to decide on the definition of marriage. Minnesota state law
already bans gay and lesbian couples from marrying.
Supporters of the measure outstripped
opponents at the hearing.
“Gay marriage advocates have
attempted to hijack the civil rights movement,” Bishop Bob Battle
of the Berean Church of God in Christ told lawmakers. “I know what
civil rights are, and gays in America have all the civil rights as
“God gave marriage as a gift to Adam
and Eve,” he added.
Republicans won control of both
chambers of the Legislature on November 2, dashing the hopes of gay
marriage supporters who believed the state was poised to become the
sixth in the nation to legalize the institution.
Democratic Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton has pledged his support for
gay marriage, his OK isn't needed to place the question on the
In January, the
Christian conservative group Minnesota Family Council pledged to
spend $4.71 million over the next two years to see the measure