The battle lines are forming for the next skirmishes over gay marriage - and the most dramatic could come in Minnesota.
As fundraising begins to gear up for a 2012 constitutional amendment defining marriage, the state Campaign Finance Board holds a hearing Tuesday to decide what information about large donors must be made public.
About 150 others people filled a downtown Minneapolis restaurant Monday night for a fundraiser hosted by one of the organizations fighting a proposed constitutional amendment that would ban same-sex marriage in Minnesota.
Gov. Mark Dayton has vetoed the bill that
calls for a statewide vote next year on a constitutional amendment
to ban same-sex marriage, but acknowledged it's a symbolic move and he
can't keep it off the ballot.
A proposed constitutional ban on same-sex marriage is headed for the state's 2012 general election ballot.
The House has joined the Minnesota Senate in approving a constitutional amendment on the November 2012 ballot that would ask voters whether they want to ban same-sex marriage in Minnesota. The vote came after several hours of floor debate, and two days of protests in the Capitol.
There's little movement on the budget, with some lawmakers even suggesting making contingency plans should a stalemate cause a government shutdown at the end of June. But the House appears poised to debate a same-sex marriage ballot measure.
The Senate has already passed the amendment. If the House follows suit, a question would be put on the 2012 ballot asking voters whether marriage should be defined as "between one man and one woman." The State Constitution would be amended if a majority of those voting in the election vote yes.
The two bills put new state limits on abortion, but Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton supports abortion rights and is likely to veto them.
A Republican representative and a DFL senator have introduced a measure that would allow casino-type gambling at the Canterbury Park racetrack to help fund a Vikings stadium.
Disability advocates are urging Gov. Dayton to veto a Health and Human Services Finance bill that makes deep cuts in programs that help disabled people live more independently in the community. They say the provisions would ultimately cost the state far more money than it would save with the reductions.
Welfare recipients would still be able to use most ATMs to access their monthly benefits under the Health and Human Services budget released by a conference committee last week.
Thousands of Minnesotans would be left without health insurance under the Republican proposal for the state's Health and Human Services budget, DFL lawmakers and state officials said Friday.
The General Assistance program is the only source of income for about 20,000 Minnesotans. Many of the program's recipients are homeless and are awaiting approval for Social Security. They depend on the program to pay for medication co-payments, bus fare, and basic items like toothpaste and soap.
The proposal that would ban same-sex marriage in the state Constitution is now closer to the November 2012 ballot, where a majority vote of Minnesota residents would enact it.