Minnesota Legislature: Social Issues

Thousands of Minnesotans, on both sides of the debate over same-sex marriage, rallied at the capitol this week. Minnesota Public Radio's Tom Crann talks with two leaders on opposite sides of the issue about the thinking behind the rhetoric. (03/24/2006)
Sen. Dean Johnson, under pressure for embellishing remarks on the gay marriage issue, will make a public apology on the Senate floor as part of a resolution of an ethics complaint. (03/24/2006)
Both camps in Minnesota's same-sex marriage debate are making the case that God is on their side. Opponents of a proposed constitutional amendment to outlaw same-sex marriage rallied at the Capitol Thursday, just as supporters did earlier this week. Both rallies put the focus on religious faith. (03/23/2006)
Supporters of a proposed constitutional amendment banning gay marriage want the full state Senate to vote on the measure so it can be placed on the ballot this November. (Midday, 03/23/2006)
Republican state senators filed an ethics complaint Wednesday against Democratic Majority Leader Dean Johnson, assuring the controversy over his gay marriage comments won't fade anytime soon. (03/22/2006)
The chief justice of Minnesota's Supreme Court denied Monday that any member of his court had discussed the state's current same-sex marriage ban with Senate Majority Leader Dean Johnson, DFL-Willmar. Johnson has retracted earlier claims that three justices had assured him they would not strike down the ban, but maintained he had a casual conversation about the ban with one of the justices. (Midday, 03/22/2006)
Gov. Pawlenty says it's time to move on from the controversy surrounding Senate Majority Leader Dean Johnson. His party, the GOP, says it's not. (03/21/2006)
Senate Majority Leader Dean Johnson says he embellished when he said Supreme Court justices told him they wouldn't overturn the state's marriage law, and he's sorry. The Republican Party wasted no time in producing a new ad that criticizes Johnson's actions. (03/17/2006)
A pastor who secretly recorded State Senate Majority Leader Dean Johnson's recent comments about gay marriage and the State Supreme Court, says he has no regrets he did so. Rev. Brent Waldemarsen of the Harvest Community Church in Willmar spoke with MPR's Cathy Wurzer. (03/17/2006)
Same-sex marriage is stirring the Minnesota Legislature again. Local advocates of a state constitutional amendment to ban same sex marriage want Minnesota to join several other states that already have such bans written in their constitutions or have such a measure on the 2006 ballot. (Midmorning, 03/17/2006)
Several organizations are criticizing Sen. Dean Johnson for saying members of the Minnesota Supreme Court told him the court would not overturn a state law banning gay marriage. (03/17/2006)
Two days before the legislative session begins, the GOP is sending hundreds of thousands of videos on the issue to voters. The goal is to force the state Senate to vote on the proposal. (02/27/2006)

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