Straight, Republican constituent testifies against Minnesota ban on gay marriage


Madeline Koch, a self-identified heterosexual Republican, testified on Friday before the Minnesota Senate committee to oppose amending the state’s constitution to ban same-sex marriage.

“As a Republican I ask you not to pass this legislation … and force us to spend valuable time later to undoing the mistakes made here today, ” Koch said. “I ask you to not let me down as my representatives, by putting your own personal beliefs and benefits in the way of equality,” Watch:

The Senate Judiciary Committee approved the bill 8-4, with all Republicans in favor and all Democrats opposed.

On Monday, the House Civil Law Committee approved the bill by a vote of 10-7 along party lines, with all Republicans voting in favor of the measure.

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