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Minnesota voters reject proposed anti-gay constitutional amendment

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

The proposed constitutional amendment to define marriage in Minnesota as between one man and one woman, has been defeated.

With 91 percent of precincts reporting, 52.9 percent of voters have rejected the constitutional ban on same-sex marriage, while 47.1 percent voted in favor of the amendment.

The defeat of the proposed amendment is historic, making Minnesota the first state to reject an attempt to write “man-woman marriage” into a state constitution.

“Minnesota is a prime example that we are experiencing a sea change in how Americans view their LGBT neighbors. With 30 states having voted to write discrimination into their constitutions, Minnesotans stood up and said, ‘not us,’ and more are sure to follow their lead,” said Chad Griffin, President of the Human Rights Campaign, in a statement issued moments ago.

“No amount of lies and deception funded by deep-pocketed donors could convince Minnesotans that loving and committed couples should be excluded from marriage,” said Griffin.

“Our work begins anew in the state and with new fair-minded leadership in the legislature we move forward toward a day when all families in Minnesota are protected equally under the law. Clearly the momentum is on our side with support for marriage equality – both nationally and in Minnesota – growing by the day.

“Minnesotans United for All Families exemplifies a dedicated and well run campaign with an amazing leader in Richard Carlbom. Our entire steering committee and board members Les Bendtsen and Tom Knabel have been a part of this fight since the beginning were true partners to the campaign.”

The HRC contributed more than $1 million to help defeat the amendment., and assisted in recruiting over 1,100 volunteers and sent staff to work on the campaign.

In Minnesota, constitutional amendments must surpass 50 percent of all ballots cast to be approved.

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18 more reader comments:

  1. Thank you sooo much! I am so happy:]

    Posted on Wednesday, November 7, 2012 at 12:50am
  2. Justice prevails. Glory be!

    Posted on Wednesday, November 7, 2012 at 12:51am
  3. … FORWARD!!!

    Posted on Wednesday, November 7, 2012 at 12:52am
  4. REALLY? OMG America you are so full of surprises tonight!

    Posted on Wednesday, November 7, 2012 at 12:52am
  5. Thank you, intelligent people of Minnesota!

    Posted on Wednesday, November 7, 2012 at 12:57am
  6. Now the real fight begins! Legalize same sex marriages in MN!!!!

    Posted on Wednesday, November 7, 2012 at 1:00am
  7. legalize same sex marriage in the whole country

    Posted on Wednesday, November 7, 2012 at 1:03am
  8. That works also!

    Posted on Wednesday, November 7, 2012 at 1:04am
  9. YES!! YES!! YES!!

    Posted on Wednesday, November 7, 2012 at 1:06am
  10. I Love U Minnesota!! I’m staying!!

    Posted on Wednesday, November 7, 2012 at 1:17am
  11. If Kyrsten Sinema in Arizona wins she will be the 1st openly Bisexual woman in Congress.

    Posted on Wednesday, November 7, 2012 at 1:33am
  12. Finally!!

    Posted on Wednesday, November 7, 2012 at 1:43am
  13. I’m crying right now. So proud of Minnesota.

    Posted on Wednesday, November 7, 2012 at 4:56am
  14. Congratulations from Maine!!!!

    Posted on Wednesday, November 7, 2012 at 5:24am
  15. Hey, Minnesotans! We did this! Thank you for making sure I have a home to go back to.

    Posted on Wednesday, November 7, 2012 at 5:30am
  16. Thanks to those who all voted and stood up for all rights!

    Posted on Wednesday, November 7, 2012 at 5:41am
  17. Yay!

    Posted on Wednesday, November 7, 2012 at 7:26am
  18. MN is redeemed. Good for that state.

    Posted on Wednesday, November 7, 2012 at 10:00am