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Wed Feb 20, 2013, 05:35 PM

Lawmaker poised to be first-ever GOP co-sponsor of marriage equality bill

He'll probably lose his job, but it's nice to see a conscience...

Lawmaker poised to be first-ever GOP co-sponsor of marriage equality bill
Minnesota state Sen. Branden Petersen says he wants to do "the right thing" and "let the chips fall where they may"
By Katie Mcdonough


Marriage equality in Minnesota just got a bump from an unexpected source: Republican state Sen. Branden Petersen is poised to break with his party and co-sponsor a bill to legalize same-sex marriage in the state.

He would be the first-ever Republican lawmaker to co-sponsor a gay marriage bill.

The move is a big turnaround for Petersen, who in 2011 was one of 69 Republican legislators to vote in favor of a constitutional ballot amendment banning same-sex marriage in the state. Voters defeated the measure in November 2012, and today Petersen is singing a very different tune. At this point, I am concerned about doing the right thing, Petersen told the Minneapolis Star Tribune. I have a certain amount of peace about that, and I will let the chips fall where they may.

But the chips may fall someplace messy, according to election data. As was recently reported by the Associated Press, in the eight times nationwide that state legislatures voted on gay marriage, just 47 Republicans broke with their party to support the measure.

Of those 47 Republicans, only 21 are in office today.

Its an uphill battle at the state level, too. The Minnesota Legislature has an incredibly narrow Democratic majority, some of whom are planning to cross the aisle and vote against any measure to legalize gay marriage.

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http://www.salon.com/2013/02/20/lawmaker_poised_to_be_first_ever_gop_co_sponsor_of_marriage_equality_bill/

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Wed Feb 20, 2013, 10:27 PM

1. About time n/t

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Wed Feb 20, 2013, 11:06 PM

2. Yes, and thanks for reading. nt

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