Minnesota is on track to become the 12th state to legalize
homosexual "marriage" -- a step that one pro-family group says
isn't what state voters want.
The Minnesota Senate passed the bill Monday by a vote of 37-30,
sending it to Governor Mark Dayton (D), who has promised to sign it
(see earlier story). The measure passed mostly
along party lines, with all but one Republican voting against it.
All but three Democrats supported it.
Tom Prichard of the Minnesota Family Council does not think
homosexual marriage is what voters had in mind when they rejected a
constitutional amendment that would have defined marriage as
between one man and one woman.
"Polls at the beginning of the legislative session showed the
majority of Minnesotans support traditional marriage," he relays,
"and one poll showed only 38 percent supported redefining marriage.
Definitely I don't think Minnesotans wanted this, and in some
respects, we view it as a hostile takeover."
Since the bill does not provide protections for religious
freedom, Prichard believes the next step is to push for that.
"As well as we need to start to in a sense re-evangelize the
culture on marriage -- that marriage is foundational," he submits.
"I'm afraid that pro-marriage advocates, we just haven't done as
good a job as we need to to get ... especially the young people
today to really understand the nature and importance of marriage
and why it's so foundational to the well-being of society."
The bill is to be signed into law at a 5 p.m. ceremony at the
Capitol today. Once signed, homosexual men and women will be
able to "marry" their same-sex partners beginning August 1.
As the Illinois legislative session ends today, a homosexual
"marriage" bill is still undecided, leaving lobbying efforts