Senate panel rejects effort to remove marriage amendment from ballot
February 15, 2012 — 5:59pm
A Senate committee on Wednesday voted down a proposal to remove a proposed constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriage from the November ballot.
The Republican controlled Legislature voted to put the measure on the ballot last year, but several DFLers have tried to have it removed.
"Minnesota families will be subjected to a negative and expensive campaign that threatens to marginalize one group of people and deeply divide our state," said state Sen. Mary Jo McGuire, a St. Paul DFLer who authored the amendemnt. "I believe it is in the best interest of Minnesota, our citizens and our business community to repeal this damaging amendment, and I am deeply disappointed that Republicans refuse to undo their terrible mistake."
The House GOP campaign committee said Thursday they are launching a TV ad against DFL candidate Andrew Carlson, as he runs in the special election to replace former Rep. Ann Lenczewski, the longtime DFL lawmaker who retired last year.
Chelsea Clinton made her first campaign stop in Minnesota Wednesday, visiting House DFL Leader Paul Thissen's south Minneapolis home with Gov. Mark Dayton to build support for her mother's presidential bid ahead of the March 1 caucuses.