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Minnesota House committee approves anti-gay marriage amendment

Monday, May 2, 2011

A Minnesota state House committee on Monday voted to advance a bill that would seek voter approval to amend the state constitution to restrict marriage to one man and one woman.

The House Civil Law Committee approved the bill by a vote of 10-7 along party lines — all Republicans voted for the measure, reported the Minnesota Independent.

The committee heard several hours of testimony, including that of Bishop Bob Battle of the Berean Church of God in Christ. Battle said, “I don’t consider gay marriages as the same as whites not being allowed to marry blacks.”

“Gay marriage advocates have attempted to hijack the civil rights movement,” he said. “I know what civil rights are, and gays in America have all the civil rights as anyone else.”

Rep. Steve Simon (D-St. Louis Park), said the bill appears like an attempt to “enshrine religious beliefs” into the Minnesota Constitution, considering almost all the testifiers in support were religious leaders.

Passage by the full Senate and the House appears likely with solid Republican majorities in both chambers. Supporters hope to put the measure on the 2012 ballot.

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25 more reader comments:

  1. boooo

    Posted on Monday, May 2, 2011 at 8:51pm
  2. Most Republicans are asshole bigots.

    Posted on Monday, May 2, 2011 at 8:51pm
  3. Blame Target!

    Posted on Monday, May 2, 2011 at 8:52pm
  4. Stupid bigoted and ignorant politicians need to share the same fate as Osama Bin Laden for all the deaths and damage done to the nation. A nice clean shot to the forehead.

    Posted on Monday, May 2, 2011 at 8:52pm
  5. Wow… Im sorry for all minnesota glbtqqia(etc) people.

    Posted on Monday, May 2, 2011 at 8:53pm
  6. This is bulls—!

    Posted on Monday, May 2, 2011 at 8:53pm
  7. sad

    Posted on Monday, May 2, 2011 at 8:55pm
  8. I want to know why this ass cheek “Bishop Bob Battle of the Berean Church of God in Christ” is having any say in the rights of citizens.

    Posted on Monday, May 2, 2011 at 8:55pm
  9. I really don’t think wishing death on these people is appropriate, or beneficial to any of our causes. -_-’

    Posted on Monday, May 2, 2011 at 8:55pm
  10. I know wishing death is bad, but in their mind that’s all they ever think about anyways so it’s only fair to return a similar feeling. I respect humans, but not when they couldn’t care less for a socially deprived and abused people.

    Posted on Monday, May 2, 2011 at 9:04pm
  11. LEARN FROM ILLINOIS! Say NO to hate!

    Posted on Monday, May 2, 2011 at 9:06pm
  12. Wow this sad for Minnesota. I’m just so proud for that republican college student who stood up and testified for us!! Way to go!!

    Posted on Monday, May 2, 2011 at 9:07pm
  13. An eye for an eye leaves everybody blind.
    -Ghandi.

    I don’t think every single person who’s against gay marriage is pro-genocide. -_-’

    Posted on Monday, May 2, 2011 at 9:09pm
  14. It makes me glad that I live in Canada! Same sex marriage has been legal for years now, and the country has not fallen apart! :)

    Posted on Monday, May 2, 2011 at 9:09pm
  15. Well then I guess I should specify who my message was toward ;) And if that’s the case: strip those who oppose gay marriage of their marriage rights. An eye for an eye may make almost everyone blind, but at least the few who can actually see will learn to not mess with others and risk their eyesight.

    Posted on Monday, May 2, 2011 at 9:18pm
  16. Epic fail.

    Posted on Monday, May 2, 2011 at 9:24pm
  17. Boooooooooo!

    Posted on Monday, May 2, 2011 at 9:38pm
  18. Well Donna we might not have the right to marry for much longer in Canada, considering the result of the elections.

    Posted on Monday, May 2, 2011 at 9:40pm
  19. I hope every other state see’s this as a stupid, brainless, clear lack of respectfulness state and learn that disrespect for People can turn
    Into a tool of hate and will not be tolerated. And should never be!

    Posted on Monday, May 2, 2011 at 10:39pm
  20. Discrimination, condemnation, and crucifixion of Gays will never go without rebounds … what one sows, so shall they reap.

    It’s sad, that when these “holier than thou” individuals do start discovering that they have Gay children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren. They will preach their condescending sermons to them, till these kids will feel so much pain and self-hate that they will commit suicide. Hateful group, these people are. Not Christian at all!

    Posted on Monday, May 2, 2011 at 11:50pm
  21. Whatever happened to treating everyone equally? What next, take away voting rights. Just make same sex marriage legal.

    Posted on Tuesday, May 3, 2011 at 12:51am
  22. I’ll never understand the Republican brain and its workings…

    Posted on Tuesday, May 3, 2011 at 3:35am
  23. Boo! Minnesota, I thought you were better than this.

    Posted on Tuesday, May 3, 2011 at 4:08am
  24. This is just sad. They need to wake up and realize what century we’re in and get the meaning of equality through their heads.

    Posted on Tuesday, May 3, 2011 at 7:43am
  25. i am a Minnesotan and believe me people are pissed here. although we have a democratic gov and a republican controlled house and senate and this bypasses him to go straight to the ballot

    Posted on Wednesday, May 4, 2011 at 12:40am