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.
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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.