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The Minnesota house civil law committee approved a proposed constitutional amendment against marriage equality on Monday, following approval by a senate panel last week.
According to Minnesota Public Radio, the panel moved the amendment forward with a 10 to 7 party line vote after impassioned debate from both sides.
Republicans in control of the legislature are making an effort to fast-track the amendment to the ballot in 2012. Gov. Mark Dayton, a Democrat, opposes the effort but holds no veto power, and passage requires only simple majorities in both houses.