Ban Defeated, Gay Marriage a Possibility in Minn.

Updated: 11/07/2012 5:52 PM By: Michelle Knoll

Minnesota's proposed constitutional ban on gay marriage is history. For gay marriage supporters, the next logical step is the actual right to marry.
Though the ban was defeated by voters Tuesday, state law still prohibits gay marriage. New Democratic majorities in the state House and Senate make repeal of that law more likely. Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton supports gay marriage.
Both Dayton and to Democratic leaders are playing down that possibility for now. The likely new Senate leader, Sen. Tom Bakk, says policy changes will take a back seat to the state budget next year. And Dayton wouldn't promise to sign a bill legalizing gay marriage.
Still, Democratic Sen. John Marty says he'd push for it immediately. Marty says gay couples have waited long enough.

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