More than 60 current and retired members of the law school faculty at the University of Minnesota have sent an open letter to legislators, urging them not to place a constitutional amendment that would ban same-sex marriage in Minnesota on the 2012 ballot.
The letter says the amendment "does not help existing marriages" and is "a wasteful and harmful diversion away from the state's immediate need to focus on many other pressing problems.
The proposed amendment has been approved by committees in both the House and Senate. Gov. Mark Dayton opposes it, but amendments don't have to be signed by the governor and he has no power to veto it.ï»¿
Minnesota senators sharply questioned federal appeals court judge Neil Gorsuch during Wednesday's Supreme Court confirmation hearings, grilling him on whether he'd be protect the interests of ordinary people over corporations.
Other business groups like realtors, electric utility Xcel Energy Services, private colleges, tobacco giant Altria, Polymet Mining, health insurers and hospitals contributed to the overall total of $57.7 million to lobby the Legislature, the administration of Gov. Mark Dayton and Metro municipal governments.