Dayton issues symbolic veto of gay marriage amendment

  • Updated: May 25, 2011 - 4:27 PM
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In a symbolic act, Gov. Mark Dayton has vetoed the ballot question on same-sex marriage, a move that nevertheless won't prevent it from being presented to voters in the 2012 general election.

The measure, passed by the Legislature, will ask voters whether to amend the state constitution to define marriage as being between one man and one woman.

The legislation came to Dayton in the form of a bill, which he vetoed, while acknowledging that it won't stop the question from appearing on the ballot.

Dayton said Wednesday that he issued the veto so that he could "speak out strongly against" the proposal.

The DFL governor was joined at a State Capitol news conference by two openly gay legislators from Minneapolis, Rep. Karen Clark and Sen. Scott Dibble, both DFLers.

-- STAR TRIBUNE STAFF

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