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DFL legislators in the Minnesota House introduced a bill during the legislative recess on Friday to repeal a constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriage from the 2012 ballot. The bill faces high hurdles as the Republicans still control the House.

Here’s text of the bill:

H.F. No. 1885, as introduced – 87th Legislative Session (2011-2012) Posted on Jan 13, 2012

A bill for an act relating to marriage; repealing a proposed amendment to the Minnesota Constitution recognizing marriage as only a union between one man and one woman;repealing Laws 2011, chapter 88.

Section 1. REPEALER.
Laws 2011, chapter 88, is repealed.

Section 1 is effective the day following final enactment.

The bill was submitted by Karen Clark of Minneapolis, Leon Lillie of North St. Paul, Kate Knuth of New Brighton, Rena Moran of St. Paul ; Marion Greene of Minneapolis, John Lesch of St. Paul, Mindy Greiling of Roseville, Carolyn Laine of Columbia Heights, Ryan Winkler of Golden Valley, Alice Hausman of St. Paul, Linda Slocum of Minneapolis, Joe Mullery of Minneapolis, Phyllis Kahn of Minneapolis, Dianne Loeffler of Minneapolis, Frank Hornstein of Minneapolis, Bill Hilty of Finlayson and Kathy Brynaert of Mankato

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Andy Birkey

Andy Birkey

Andy Birkey has written for a number of Minnesota and national publications. He founded Eleventh Avenue South which ran from 2002-2011, wrote for the Minnesota Independent from 2006-2011, the American Independent from 2010-2013. His writing has appeared in The Advocate, The Star Tribune, The Huffington Post, Salon, Cagle News Service, Twin Cities Daily Planet, TheUptake, and much more. His writing on LGBT issues, the religious right and social justice has won awards including Best Beat Reporting by the Online News Association, Best Series by the Minnesota chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists, and an honorable mention by the Sex-Positive Journalism awards.

6 Responses to “ Legislators propose repeal of anti-gay marriage amendment ”

  1. Mark Splett

    Mark Splett

    I'm glad some of our lawmakers care about their constituents!

  2. Jacob Woods

    Jacob Woods

    So happy for them to put this together! Hopefullythey have realized that Minnesota does not want this amendment! P.S. was repurchased by another webmaster – it is now a soft porn site – yikes – if an author of reads this, please redirect the link to – thanks! helps you keep your website reputable!

  3. Jim Miller

    Jim Miller

    Thanks to legislators who thought to push this through.

  4. Laurie Moser

    Laurie Moser

    Let's give this all the support we can and make it happen!

  5. Jann Garofano

    Jann Garofano

    I am in Carolyn Laine's district and couldn't be more proud of her!

  6. Steven John

    Steven John

    I hope it is removed from the ballot. We don't need a "conversation". The insinuation alone is defamation and I believe can do more harm than good. It's a step backwards and a lose/lose situation for our character as Minnesotans and/or as LGBT people. If popular vote on individual issues is how we are going to govern ourselves then we don't need leaders at all. I know people would like to see this question stay on the ballot so we can defeat it and show the world Minnesota is truly a decent place. But it would be safer without the fuss and just a quiet, long overdue federal law ensuring equality be made for us across all the states not just here and there. The same across the board right to housing and employment would be nice too.