Updated: 12/23/2012 10:14 PM KSTP.com By: Jay Kolls
Defeat of the proposed Constitutional Amendment banning gay marriage, might not signal easy sailing for legislation to legalize gay marriage in Minnesota. That's the opinion, at least, of one political expert. University of Minnesota political analyst, Larry Jacobs, says even though Democrats control the Governor's Office and both houses of the legislature, he thinks a bill legalizing gay marriage does not stand "prayer's chance" of passing this legislative session. Jacobs says even though the DFL Party strongly opposed the Constitutional Amendment banning same-sex marriages, there are a lot of Democrats who will not support the idea of legalizing it.
Jacobs also tells 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS that Governor Mark Dayton does not want social issues to be a distraction in the upcoming session. Jacobs says Dayton and a lot of other Democrats want to focus on balancing the budget, taxes and job growth. State Senator, John Marty, (DFL) Roseville, tells 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS that he plans to introduce legislation that would legalize gay marriage. And, he doesn't share Jacobs' point of view.
Sen. Marty says he believes legalizing gay marriage in Minnesota is long overdue and thinks its political time is now with the DFL in control at the Capitol. Sen. Marty thinks the bill will make it out of the Judiciary Committee in both houses and see a full floor vote in both houses. Sen. Marty will likely introduce the bill the first week of the legislative session which begins, January 8th.