Voters in the North Star State now have the chance to ratify a Constitutional amendment declaring marriage as a union of one man and one woman. Late last night the Minnesota House of Representatives approved a measure placing the question on the ballot in November 2012. The Minnesota Senate had already approved the measure.
This development represents a dramatic turn of events and underscores the importance of making sure pro-family voters show up on Election Day. In the run-up to last year’s elections, pro-family activists in Minnesota were worried that Mark Dayton would get elected governor (which he did, narrowly). A Dayton win, combined with a Democratic-controlled Legislature would likely mean an effort to redefine marriage in Minnesota.
And yet, marriage activists didn’t rest. They re-doubled their efforts and elected candidates to the Legislature who supported marriage. This hard work flipped the Legislature into Republican hands (a shock to this Minnesota native) by a mere 357 votes!
Now, instead of a vote redefining marriage, the Legislature is giving the people of Minnesota the chance to enshrine marriage as a union of one man and one woman into their state Constitution. And so far, marriage has been placed before voters 31 times and marriage has won 31 times.
But that doesn’t mean that Minnesota Catholics should take this vote for granted. After all, last year proved that every vote counts.