Marriage Amendment Failed; What's Next?

Posted at: 11/07/2012 5:46 PM
Updated at: 11/07/2012 5:49 PM
By: Brianna Long

(ABC 6 News) -- Minnesota voters weighed in on two constitutional amendments on Tuesday. The first one was whether or not marriage should be defined as between one man and one woman. That amendment failed.

Victory cheers erupted Tuesday night from gay rights supporters across the state.

With 48% voting yes, and 52% voting no, Minnesota voters chose not to amend the constitution.

"Gay, lesbian community services has kind of been working on this campaign for over a year, since it was put on the ballot and so finally we reaped our rewards and all our work has come to fruition," said Vangie Castro, with gay, lesbian community services.

Analysts believe the amendment helped bring people to the polls. We were curious if it played a part getting more democrats elected. The party now controls both the Minnesota House, and Senate.

"I think there was a very direct relationship between the amendments and the change of majority. we really were asked who we were as a people yesterday and what we wanted our state to be," said Lynn Wilson, the chair of the Olmsted County DFLs.

"They didn't seem to play out much in my race or in the constituents that I had met door to door and face to face. They're real concerns are jobs, the economy and economic growth," said state senator Carla Nelson.

Even though the proposed amendment was struck down, gay marriage is still illegal in Minnesota. That leaves many wondering, what next?

"I'm anticipating, depending on what happens if there is a court challenge, how long that plays out and all those types of things. I think there could be some legislative looking at civil unions," said Nelson.

"I think the current legislature, that's going to be coming in to office, we can work with them and see what we can do in the future to hopefully bring marriage equality to Minnesota," said Castro.  

Minnesota voters also struck down a proposed amendment that would have required voters to bring a picture I.D in order to vote.