Posted at: 11/07/2012 10:58 PM
By: Travis Dill
People don't usually cheer about rejection, but after months of campaigning Vote No supporters are finally getting to say “yes”.
The marriage amendment failed in Tuesday's election and those opposed to the marriage amendment showed their appreciation with a rally in downtown Duluth on Wednesday.
“We're thanking the City of Duluth for voting this down by a nearly 2-to-1 margin,” Stefan Heikel said.
Statewide 51 percent of voters said no to defining marriage as between one man and one woman in the state constitution. Minnesota is the first state to reject a constitutional ban on same-sex marriage.
“As a gay man I've never felt more, you know, accepted by this state. I already feel like I'm walking around with more pride and you know I'm not afraid to be who I am,” Heikel said.
State law currently prevents same-sex marriage and for some the next step after this victory is to push for the right to marry. But Richard Carlbom, Campaign Manager with Minnesotans United for All Families, said it's too early to say where things go from here.
“The direction that conversation takes is uncertain right now. I think Minnesotans want to rejoice that they kept a freedom-limiting amendment out of our constitution,” Carlbom said.
Minnesotans also said no on Tuesday to a voter I.D. amendment. 52 percent voted down the question that would have made photo I.D. necessary to vote.
Opponents of the amendment said it would have eliminated same-day registration, a process used by nearly 12,000 Duluth voters yesterday.