Minnesota senate approves referendum on same-sex marriage ban

The Jurist

The Minnesota Senate on Wednesday approved a voter referendum to amend the constitution to ban same-sex marriage.

The measure was approved by a vote of 38 – 27, with only one Democrat joining Republicans in supporting the amendment.

Minnesota law currently defines marriage as a union between one man and one woman, but proponents say that a constitutional amendment is necessary to protect against same-sex marriage being legalized by a court.

The measure must now be approved by the House of Representatives, where it is expected to pass. If approved, it will go before voters in November 2012.

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