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Minnesota anti-gay marriage amendment headed to full Senate for vote

A proposed constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriage in Minnesota is on its way to the Senate floor, after Republicans in the Senate Rules Committee on Friday approved the measure by a voice vote.

The bill would seek voter approval to amend the state constitution to ban same-sex marriage.

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.

During brief testimony, Democrats on the committee raised concerns about rushing the passage of such a contentious measure this year and about its possible unintended consequences for same-sex couples.

Sen. Warren Limmer (R-Maple Grove), the bill’s chief author, said he was concerned that gay marriage might become legal soon.

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