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Marriage Equality in Minnesota

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On November 6, Minnesotans rejected Minnesota Marriage Amendment, which would have amended Minnesota's constitution to define marriage as between one man and one woman.

The amendment, called "Recognition of Marriage Solely Between One Man and One Woman" was defeated by 51.5% voting against, and 47.3% voting in favor. The remaining 1.2% will presumably also be counted as "no" votes, since any vote that is blank is considered a "no" vote.

 
This puts Minnesota on the right side of history. It also halts a trend of anti-marriage equality constitutional amendments that have stripped away the protections of marriage protections for loving, committed gay and lesbian couples.
 
Defeating this amendment does not make marriage equality legal in the state. There are still laws on the books that outlaw marriage equality. But this ensures that the topic can be revisited once again.

In the lead-up to the election, GLAAD profiled several anti-LGBT activists who are working against marriage equality in Minnesota, including Barb Anderson, Chuck Darrell, Bradlee Dean, John Helmberger, and Tom Prichard.

GLAAD will continue to work with fair-minded Minnesotans to advocate for marriage equality in the state.