The Minnesota state Senate on Wednesday voted to approve a proposed constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriage, advancing the measure another step closer to appearing on the 2012 ballot.
The bill would seek voter approval to amend the state constitution to define marriage as a union between one man and one woman.
The Senate passed the proposal 38-27. One Democrat, Sen. Leroy Stumpf (D-Plummer), joined every Republican in voting to approve the bill.
“It’s a sad and shameful day, and those who voted for this are going to be ashamed of themselves,” said Sen. Scott Dibble (D-Minneapolis). “We’re taking this to the streets, and we’re going to the ballot in 2012. Thirty-one states have passed this thing. It’s not going to be 32.”