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."
Amid reports that Donald Trump was in danger of not getting on Minnesota's presidential ballot, the Trump campaign says everything is in order and voters will have a chance to cast their ballot for him in November.
Interest groups spent less slightly money lobbying state government in 2015 than in the previous year, according to a report released Wednesday by the Minnesota Campaign Finance and Public Disclosure Board.
Thousands of refugees are navigating hurdles of a new life. And front-line workers in Minnesota, one of the country's resettlement hubs, are poised to take in 2,530 refugees, more than during any year in the past decade.