The proposed marriage amendment to the Minnesota Constitution fell short of passage early Wednesday morning. "You dug down and fought for love, with love," Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak told hundreds of amendment opponents gathered at the RiverCentre in St. Paul late Tuesday night. "You understood compassion. This wound up being one of the most inspirational things that's ever happened in Minnesota. Minnesota is going to be the state that's going to show the country exactly what Minnesota values are all about."
Minnesota voters defeated a measure that would have written inequality into the state constitution. This leaves the door open to the introduction of a state bill that would recognize marriage equality sometime in the future.