Marriage amendment difficulties
The following is a post from a month ago when it looked as if the marriage amendment would not be on the ballot. Check out KvM and Wind Beneath the Right Wing for specifics.
##"But it should be noted that this death takes place in the shadow of new life, the sunrise of a new world; a world that our beloved comrade gave his life to protect and nourish." - Star Trek II: Wrath of Khan
Wind Beneath the Right Wing and KvM are reporting on the potential death of the marriage amendment in the state legislature.
While many Minnesotans support such a measure, there are not enough votes in the DFL controlled senate to get the measure to a floor vote. This move is sure to hurt the already struggling Senate Majority Leader Dean Johnson with his own reelection bid. Many in his home were upset with his decision to force a shutdown. They are also upset over the lack of movement of the Marriage Amendment, something he could easily get to the floor.
The death of the marriage amendment could be the best thing for GOP candidates in the 2006 legislative races. In many swing districts voter may be motivated to kick out their DFL legislators for not supporting it.
In Greater Minnesota, many conservative Democrats may have to chose between the party's view and the view of their constituents.
So look at is this way, in the shadow of the Marriage Amendment's death comes in the sunrise of the GOP controlled legislature.