Now that Minnesota voters have rejected an amendment constitutionally defining marriage as one man, one woman, activists and allies in the Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party there say they plan to push for full marriage equality early next year. “This kind of closes the loop of the election,” said Rep. Alice Hausman, DFL-St. Paul, who looks to carry same-sex marriage legislation in the House. Hausman, like Sen. John Marty, DFL-Roseville, who plans to carry a same-sex marriage bill in the Senate, points to the failure of the Republican-sponsored marriage amendment last election as evidence of the state reaching a consensus on same-sex marriage. A conversation has taken place, they argue. “To me, I think the time has come,” said Marty, who has sponsored same-sex marriage bills in the past. Hausman and Marty believe that since about 20 GOP-dominated districts voted against the anti-gay measure in November, and considering that Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton supports marriage equality, this should be a no muss, no fuss process.
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