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Minn. poised to OK gay marriage



Published: Thu, May 9, 2013 @ 12:00 a.m.

Associated Press

ST. PAUL, Minn.

Just six months after Minnesota voters turned back an effort to ban gay weddings, lawmakers are poised to make the state the first in the Midwest to pass a law allowing them.

The startling shift comes amid a rapid evolution of public opinion nationally in the debate over marriage. But with Minnesota and possibly Illinois set to broaden the definition to include same-sex couples, coastal states may soon have some company in enacting changes.

In November, voters unexpectedly defeated a measure that would have banned same-sex marriage in the Minnesota Constitution, even after more than two-dozen states passed similar bans. That prompted gay marriage supporters to quickly go on offense.

Those efforts culminate today with a vote in the state House that Democratic leaders assured would pass. With the state Senate expected to follow suit, Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton could sign a bill as early as next week.

In the past week, Rhode Island and Delaware approved gay marriage. But so far, only legislatures in coastal or New England states have voted affirmatively for gay marriage. Except for Iowa, which allows gay marriage due to a 2009 judicial ruling, same-sex couples can’t get married in flyover country.

Minnesota might go first, but Illinois could be close behind. The state Senate there voted in February to allow same-sex marriage, and supporters think they’re close to securing the votes needed to get it through the House and on to Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn, who says he’ll sign it.


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1JS(578 comments)posted 1 year, 2 months ago

This can be summed up as the decay of America. Just as these couples are barren soon America will be barren. If you want more of something then support it.

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2GoPens(397 comments)posted 1 year, 2 months ago

Not happy? Don't let the door hit you on your rear as you leave.

I guess you don't believe in the concept of "ALL men are created equal" in America. Not just ones like you.

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3LtMacGowan(633 comments)posted 1 year, 2 months ago

Well said GoPens.

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4ANTIYOUNGSTOWN(234 comments)posted 1 year, 2 months ago

Well said JS. They wont understand until it is too late.

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5GoPens(397 comments)posted 1 year, 2 months ago

Too late for what?

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6DwightK(1236 comments)posted 1 year, 2 months ago

Gay marriage is the decay of America? I thought the biggest disruption to the family was absentee fathers, mothers who have more children than they can care for and neglectful parents in general.

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7JS(578 comments)posted 1 year, 2 months ago

One can go by many cesspools in life with no ill effect. Stop off and wade in one and there are consequences. It's your choice. Life continues in spite of and not because of gay lifestyles.

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8GoPens(397 comments)posted 1 year, 2 months ago

JS--you talk about choices. Ask any gay person if they chose to be gay. I have yet to find one. Then again, I'm sure you try and stay away from gay people as much as possible. Which is sad for those who know you who are gay and are yet afraid to tell you about it.

Please answer when did you choose to be straight?

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9JS(578 comments)posted 1 year, 2 months ago

GoPens-- I chose to be straight when enticed by gays. I didn't need their money nor their drugs and booze. I caution all of our young not to allow themselves to be indoctrinated into the gay lifestyle.

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10GoPens(397 comments)posted 1 year, 2 months ago

Dear God, that is the most ignorant post ever on here and that's saying something. You chose to be straight. Right.

I don't even understand he part about not needing "their" money, drugs or booze.

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11JS(578 comments)posted 1 year, 2 months ago

GoPens-- Your response is like that of a person who is guilty. Are you guilty of enticing? I expected a far better repartee from you.

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12Seriouslee(92 comments)posted 1 year, 2 months ago

Wow JS sure sounds a lot like good ol' Stan. And he's right. I have it on good information that Gays are obligated under the Gay Agenda to try to ply as many straights with liquor, drugs and money to try to convert them, and I'm sure JS, the gem that he is, was a prime target. In fact gays are given a direct allowance of cash, drugs and booze from their master, Satan, each month along with a quota. If they fail to make quota, their gym memberships are revoked and they are banned from Lady Gaga concerts until they get their numbers up.

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13walter_sobchak(1844 comments)posted 1 year, 2 months ago

Homosexuals have never been denied the right to get married. A homsexual man can marry any woman he chooses and a homosexual woman can marry any man she chooses since that is most definitely the legal, traditional, customary and religious definition of marriage. If homosexuals want to enter into a civil union, that is fine witj me, but it won't have the "benefits" of marriage since this a contractual relationship.

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14GoPens(397 comments)posted 1 year, 2 months ago

Guilty of enticing? Yes, I'm straight and I'm trying to entice "the gays" into the straight lifestyle. Money, booze and drugs don't seem to be working though--please tell me what "the gays" use to entice you again.

God it's hard to write posts as stupid and ignorant as yours

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15JS(578 comments)posted 1 year, 2 months ago

Your post makes little sense. You seem to have a hatred of straight people.

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16RTS1416(117 comments)posted 1 year, 2 months ago

Until science shows the world a "homosexual " gene than I have to believe it is a lifestyle choice.

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17GoPens(397 comments)posted 1 year, 2 months ago

No JS, just ignorant ones

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18JS(578 comments)posted 1 year, 2 months ago

Yes, I can see where you are intellectually superior and I should follow your lead.

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19GoPens(397 comments)posted 1 year, 2 months ago

Everyone who reads your crap is intellectually superior to you. You prove that with every post.

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20JS(578 comments)posted 1 year, 2 months ago

It is amusing that you posted what is reflective of your senseless opinions.

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21GoPens(397 comments)posted 1 year, 2 months ago

Senseless? Ha! I'm not the one saying "the gays" tried to recruit me with money, drugs and booze. I'm done with you. It's like debating a turnip except the turnip makes more sense. Crawl back into your homophobic hole.

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22JS(578 comments)posted 1 year, 2 months ago

Huh?

Sounds like a case of if you don't agree with them they are scorned!

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2376Ytown(1206 comments)posted 1 year, 2 months ago

U.S. adults, on average, think homosexuals make up about 25 percent of the entire population. Actually: Bisexuals make up 1.8% of the population, while 1.7% are gay or lesbian. Transgender adults make up 0.3% of the population. for a total of between 2 percent and 4 percent of the population.

So the media wants you to keep cheering about sames sex marriage bill is all about "love"...look closely at the real reason this was brought to the Supreme Court.

This begins with the case of Edie Winsdor who married her partner of more than 40 years in Canada in 2007. Their relationship was recognized by the state of New York, where they lived together. When her spouse died two years later, she inherited a huge estate tax bill which she would have avoided if her marriage had been recognized under federal law.

The Supreme Court will weigh the tax ramifications of the law and decide.

At last count, there were 1,138 provisions in federal laws that listed marital status as a factor in determining benefits, rights and privileges. The list, prepared by the Government Accountability Office, was most recently updated in 2003.

The most prevalent are tax laws. Despite their marriage certificates, gay and lesbian spouses cannot get tax-free health benefits from their employers. That alone costs them about $1,000 a year on average, says Gary Gates, a demographer who studies gay and lesbian trends at the UCLA School of Law's Williams Institute.

Gays and lesbians can't file joint federal tax returns, as heterosexual married couples can, which often saves families thousands of dollars. If gays or lesbians divorce, any alimony is considered a gift subject to taxation, while for opposite-sex couples, it's tax-free. And when a spouse dies, the widow or widower is liable for inheritance taxes; heterosexual couples enjoy a marital deduction.

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24RoddAC(86 comments)posted 1 year, 2 months ago

At this moment 1 out of every 2 first time marriages end in divorce. Sounds to me like its not working for straight people, so why not give the gays and lesbians a try.

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