Minnesota’s marriage ban amendment moves to House floor

Timothy Kincaid

May 18th, 2011

From the timesunion.com

The Rules Committee of the Minnesota House has narrowly approved a floor vote on the constitutional gay marriage amendment.

The committee voted 13-12 Wednesday to put the issue before the full House. The committee’s Republican majority voted in favor, with one defection from Rep. Tim Kelly of Red Wing. All 11 committee Democrats opposed the measure to put the definition of marriage in Minnesota’s Constitution to a statewide vote in 2012.

The vote is likely to be held tomorrow. While there is a Republican majority, there is still a chance that this could fail. Kelly is the second Republican to express opposition to the amendment and if only three or four more find their conscience (or predict the future cost of this vote) then a protracted battle in the media might be avoided.

And there is a potential bright lining to this cloud. Should this go to the voters, polls suggest that we may well win.

And I also believe that the Republican Party in Minnesota is taking a huge gamble. They ran on the economy but now are pushing a social agenda that is increasingly being perceived as punitive, cruel, and bigoted. I believe that in the next election cycle this vote will be featured in television ads that portray these Republicans as out of touch with their constituents and as beholding to theocrats and special interest groups.

tim

May 18th, 2011

we may well win.

“We” – who is “we”? Last time I checked you don’t live in Minnesota. Now I do.

There is an interesting quirk in our Constitutional Amendment process – an amendment will only pass if a majority of ALL votes are in favor of it. So if you don’t vote for it or screw it up – the vote counts in the negative. That only helps us – especially with polls as close as they are.

And they didn’t really run on the economy. They ran on slashing government, resolving the deficit issue and not raising taxes. The problem is – the way they’ve went about it will massive INCREASE taxes for the three biggest metropolitan areas. A lot of people are getting ticked off and it doesn’t look good for the GOP in this state.

Stefan

May 18th, 2011

I will be at the rally held tomorrow at the Capital at 10:00 AM!

I would also like to point out that Tim Kelly was the lone Republican in the Minnesota House to vote for the same sex couples burial rights bill in 2010 (which was vetoed by Pawlenty).

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