After a five-hour debate Saturday night, the Minnesota House voted 70 to 62 to place a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage on the November 2012 ballot, allowing the people of the state to decide the fate of marriage equality.
"That makes me fear for our state," said Rep. Kate Knuth (pictured) after the vote.
The West Central Tribune predicts that "Minnesotans are in for 18 months of emotional and hard-fought campaigning. The campaign is expected to bring in millions of dollars for both sides."
Donald McFarland of Minnesotans United for All Families is ready for the challenge. "Our campaign is hitting the ground running and we plan on using every resource available to defeat this anti-family constitutional amendment," he said.
Reportedly, chants of "just vote no" came from outside the House chamber as the votes were tallied.