What legislators had to say Saturday night

  • May 22, 2011 - 1:15 AM

After a long, passionate and solemn debate that lasted deep into the night, the Minnesota House passed a proposed constitutional amendment on Saturday to define marriage as the union of one man and one woman.

Here's what some legislators said during the debate:

“I do not believe it is up to judges or even this body, but it should be up to Minnesotans” — Rep. Steve Gottwalt, R-St. Cloud, sponsor of the bill to put the proposed constitutional amendment defining marriage to voters.


“I cannot look at this picture ... and say ‘you know what, Corporal, you were good enough to fight for this country and give your life, but you were not good enough to marry the person you love’ ” — Republican Rep. and amendment opponent John Kriesel, talking of a photo of Andrew Wilfahrt, a military colleague killed in Afghanistan who was gay


“If you think there is a tiny bit of discrimination in this amendment, I beg you, I ask you, I implore you to vote no.” Rep. John Ward, DFL-Brainerd

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