The state Senate has approved a statewide vote in 2012 to ban gay marriage in the Minnesota Constitution.
The amendment approved 38-27 Wednesday sets the vote on whether to define marriage as between one man and one woman. That definition already exists in Minnesota statute, but supporters of the traditional definition of marriage say the extra protection is needed to guard against judicial rulings.
Critics of the amendment say it would enshrine discrimination in the state's most important document and that it's a distraction from more important issues facing the state.
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