Same-Sex Marriage On Lawmakers' Plate At State Capitol
(St. Paul, MN) -- Same-sex marriage takes center stage at the State Capitol today (Tues). There are hearings in both the House (815am) and in the Senate (noon) on bills that would legalize same-sex marriage in Minnesota. Backers are pushing the initiative after Minnesotans last fall rejected a constitutional amendment that would have defined marriage as between one man and one woman. Opponents say voters might not have wanted it in the Constitution, but they still want the Defense of Marriage law on the books. A recent poll showed 53 percent support the current law banning same-sex marriage, 38 percent want the law overturned and nine percent are undecided. The survey found nearly three-quarters of those in Greater Minnesota oppose same-sex marriage while metro area residents support it by a small margin.