Tuesday, March 5, 2013
A bill authored by Sen. Scott Dibble (DFL) would define marriage as a union between two people—rather than a union between a man and a woman.
Follow us on Twitter | Like us on Facebook | Sign up for our daily newsletter| Blog for us District 57A Rep. Tara Mack (R) wasn't surprised when Democrats unveiled a bill permitting same-sex marriage in Minnesota in late February, but the second-term legislator was certainly disappointed. Last year, Democrats accused Republicans of neglecting budget problems while they pushed a divisive social agenda, Mack said. Now, it appears that Democrats are doing the same thing, she added, despite an estimated $627 million budget deficit. Mack isn't the only Dakota County legislator who had plenty to say about the same-sex marriage bill, which was authored by District 61 Sen. Scott Dibble (DFL) and introduced last Thursday. The bill was referred to …
Wednesday, November 7, 2012
While proponents were saying the race was still too early to call, the Associated Press called the race shortly before 2 a.m. The vote means the state constitution will not define marriage as only between a man and a woman.
The Minnesota Marriage Amendment has been rejected. The campaign to amend the Minnesota state constitution to limit the definition of marriage to strictly between heterosexual couples was defeated Tuesday by more than 51 percent of a statewide vote. With 92 percent of state precincts reporting, the Associated Press reported shortly before 2 a.m. Wednesday that Amendment 1—informally known as the Minnesota Marriage Amendment—had failed: "Vote No" won. Speaking to a cheering crowd of hundreds at St Paul's River Centre, Richard Carlbom, the campaign manager for Minnesotans United for All Families, told audiences that Minnesota was the first state in the nation to reject a state constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage at the ballot …
Tuesday, November 6, 2012
Video from various spots around the metro, including Republican Party headquarters in Bloomington and the DFL Party's gathering in Minneapolis.
Red. Blue. Downtown or Southtown, we will have it covered tonight as election results come in around the Twin Cities. Twin Cities Patch sites are teaming up with our friends at TheUptake to bring video coverage from various sites tonight as we wrap up this historic election. The embedded player allows you to change feeds, or "channels," to check out the coverage and interviews you want to see. Thanks for "tuning in," and enjoy a whole new way to take in the Election Night.
Minnesota voters young and old used Twitter to talk about their Minnesota Election decisions, particularly on the proposed Marriage Amendment.
We followed a few common topics around the Twin Cities, including both sides of the Minnesota Marriage Amendment vote, and found what people were talking about on social media this Election Day. A reminder, though, that Tweeting a photo of your ballot, filled out, is stongly discouraged by the Minnesota Secretary of State's Office. Take a look.
Monday, November 5, 2012
Despite support from the Minnesota GOP, Patch's panel thinks the amendment to define marriage as a union between one man and one woman will fall short.
Twin Cities Republicans aren't confident the so-called Marriage Amendment will make its way into the constitution after Tuesday's general election. In a flash poll issued Friday to Patch's panel of Republican politicians and activists, the majority believed the amendment, which requires a "yes" vote to be added to the constitution by voters, would fall short. About 57 percent of the 33 survey responders said the amendment would fall short. Our Republican panel also felt Barack Obama, running to remain president, had conducted a better campaign in Minnesota, a state he's favored to win in Tuesday night's election. "It's going to be exceedingly close, on the Presidential race and on both amendment questions," one pundit said. The …
Sunday, October 14, 2012
In other news from around the South Metro, the Minnesota Marriage Amendment debate gets hotter, and new restaurants open in Burnsville.
You can't be in front of your computer 24 hours a day, so each weekend, Patch reviews the area's top stories, which first appeared on this site or those of our neighbors. Here's a look at news from the past week that may affect or interest you. To see the full stories, click on the headline links. Minnesota Zoo Tiger Cubs Make Public Debut Naming contest continues via zoo’s Facebook page. Two Walmart Workers from Minnesota Involved in Job Action But don't expect to see picket lines or any signs of a "strike" in Dakota County. Hurricane Grill & Wings Opens in Burnsville Surf-themed family restaurant opens to a line of people. The Rack Bar & Grill Comes to Burnsville New restaurant takes up quarters at former Timber Lodge Steakhouse. Cedar …
Wednesday, July 18, 2012
A list of those that have come out in favor of a proposal for the state constitution to define marriage as between a man and a woman.
On Nov. 6, Minnesotans will vote on a proposed constitutional amendment that would define marriage as between one man and one woman in the state constitution, reflecting existing state statute. The following companies have come out in favor of the amendment. (Click here for a list of companies that oppose the amendment.) Do you know of a company or business leader who’s taken a stand on the issue—either for or against? Let us know in the comments below. How do you feel about the companies' stands? Take our poll: Should Companies Take Positions on Social Issues? *** Companies That Support the Marriage Amendment
Monday, July 16, 2012
A list of those that have come out against a proposal for the state constitution to define marriage as between a man and a woman.
On Nov. 6, Minnesotans will vote on a proposed constitutional amendment that would define marriage as between a man and a woman—which would limit marriage to opposite sex couples. The following companies and business leaders have come out against the amendment. (Click here for a list of companies that support the amendment.) Do you know of a company or business leader who’s taken a stand on the issue—either for or against? Let us know in the comments below. How do you feel about the companies' stands? Take our poll: Should Companies Take Positions on Social Issues? *** Companies That Oppose the Marriage Amendment Business Leaders Who Oppose the Marriage Amendment
Tuesday, July 3, 2012
Secretary of State Mark Ritchie and the GOP are locking horns over an edit of the Minnesota Marriage Amendment ballot: "I don't know why they are messing with it, but we have to try to stop them," said Burnsville Sen. Dan Hall.
A new front has opened up in the Culture War over gay marriage: Republicans are up in arms after Secretary of State Mark Ritchie altered the ballot question concerning the Minnesota Marriage amendment. The ballot question, which was written by Amendment supporters, was originally titled as, "Recognition of marriage solely between one man and one woman." On Thursday, Ritchie told the press he was changing the title of the ballot question to read: "Limiting the status of marriage to opposite sex couples." Last year, Gov. Mark Dayton put in a symbolic veto to the Amendment. Though his veto could not keep the question off the ballot, it did invalidate the title crafted by the Legislature. In this case, the Secretary of State is obligated to …
Tuesday, January 24, 2012
At the start of the session this Tuesday, returning legislators are focusing on reform.
The last 12 months in have been tumultuous, to say the least, for Minnesota Republicans: a controversial proposal to amend the state constitution to ban gay marriage, last year's paralyzing state government shutdown and recent shakeups in Republican leadership after the departure of Senate Majority Leader Amy Koch in December, who resigned after allegations of an inappropriate relationship with a staffer. Today, the Minnesota Legislature convenes for session and, from the sound of it, Burnsville's Republican legislators are hoping to make a fresh start. Patch spoke with Sen. Dan Hall and Sen. Chris Gerlach about their impressions of the 2010-11 session and what they expect in the months to come. The three are eager to leave the past …