DFLers back bill to block gay marriage amendment
More than a dozen Minnesota House DFLers have introduced a bill that would block a constitutional amendment to define marriage as between one man and one woman.
DFLers hope to block the constitutional amendment during the 2012 legislative session to stop the issue from landing on the general election ballot this fall. The Republican-controlled Legislature introduced and passed the ballot initiative in both chambers last May.
Openly gay Rep. Karen Clark, DFL-Minneapolis, is the chief author of the bill in the House. Minneapolis DFL Sen. Scott Dibble, who is also openly gay, will lead on the bill in the Senate.
“It’s appalling that we would try to do this kind of constitutional amendment,” Clark said. “It’s not in step with most of Minnesota. It’s a lot of time, energy and money that’s being wasted on something that will hopefully fail anyway.”
The bill was introduced along with nearly 150 others late last week to meet the deadline for introduction of recess bills in the Legislature. The 2012 legislative session convenes on Jan. 24.
Clark knows it will be difficult to pass the bill in a GOP-controlled Legislature, but said many of those who voted for the bill in May are now having “second thoughts.”
“I think it will be challenging,” Clark said. “We actually have a lot of people who have had second thoughts about that amendment who voted for it. There was some stuff happening at the end there where we could have stopped this. Hopefully we can do it now.”