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Next gay-marriage showdown could be in Minnesota

Jun 27, 2011 5:26:00 PM - thestate.com
With New York now gearing up for same-sex weddings, the battle lines are forming for the next skirmishes over gay marriage - and the most dramatic could come in Minnesota.

Gay-marriage supporters in the Land of 10,000 Lakes will be working fervently to end a 31-state losing streak at the polls and defeat a proposed amendment on the 2012 ballot that would limit marriage to one-man, one-woman unions.

It's expected to be a closely fought campaign, attracting extensive out-of-state resources.

"The other side is certainly desperate for a victory at the ballot box. We expect to be outspent," said Jason Adkins, executive director of the Minnesota Catholic Conference and a member of the coalition supporting the amendment.

If the amendment passes, in a state viewed as politically moderate, foes of gay marriage will be able to claim that the New York Legislature's vote Friday to legalize same-sex marriage did not turn the tide nationally. Their side will have extended a winning streak dating to 1998, with opponents of same-sex marriage prevailing every time it has been put to a popular vote.

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