What's next for the same-sex marriage debate?

Marriage amendment defeated
Staff and volunteers for Minnesotans United for All Families celebrate Minnesota becoming the first state in the nation to vote down a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage. The group hosted an Election Night event at the Saint Paul RiverCentre on Nov. 6, 2012.
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Legislation that would allow same-sex marriage in Minnesota appears to be moving forward. On Sunday, state Sen. Scott Dibble, D-Mpls, told WCCO that he plans to introduce a bill this week. Sen. Branden Petersen, R-Andover, recently stated his willingness to co-sponsor such legislation.

Some legislators appear to be more in favor of legislation regarding civil unions or extension of benefits to same-sex partnerships. In November, Minnesotans turned down a ballot measure to put language banning same-sex marriage into the state constitution.

On The Daily Circuit Friday Feb. 22, we'll discuss what potential legislation could look like. Joining the debate: Richard Carlbom, campaign manager for Minnesotans United for All Families, and Autumn Leva, director of governmental affairs and communications for Minnesotans for Marriage.


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Marriage amendment defeated
Supporters of the marriage amendment pray together at the Embassy Suites in Bloomington, Minn. on Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2012.
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Minnesota gay-marriage opponents weighing new 'counter' strategy (MinnPost)

GOP leaders rule out reprisals against caucus members who vote for gay marriage (MinnPost)

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