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(SAINT PAUL) — Tonight the Minnesota House of Representatives passed the bill to place a constitutional amendment banning gay marriage to be placed on the 2012 ballot. The amendment would recognize marriage as only a union between one man and one woman.
State Representative Karen Clark (DFL – Minneapolis) released the following statement on the vote:
“It’s a sad day for the State of Minnesota. Tonight, we’ve moved one step closer to discriminating against Minnesotan simply based on who they love. This amendment won’t help a single family in Minnesota, and this vote is absolutely heartbreaking to thousands of people and families across our state.
“History will not look back kindly on this day or the people who voted for discrimination. The Minnesota I know is a place of inclusion, tolerance and love, and I truly believe the people of this great state will not vote to enshrine discrimination in our constitution.
“Any claim that this amendment is just an attempt to have a conversation with voters has been disproven by the appalling presence of Bradlee Dean on the House floor yesterday. This is not about marriage or voter choice; this is about systematic discrimination against a group of people simply because you won’t accept them.
“Now we must defeat this amendment, and I will devote every ounce of energy I have to that cause. I urge my colleagues, and everyone who believes in hope, inclusion, tolerance and love to join me."
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