The marriage equality bill, S.F. 925, had a hearing today in the Senate Judiciary Committee. State Senator Julianne Ortman (R-Chanhassen) was part of the party-line vote on the bill, with all five DFLers voting in favor of the bill and all three Republicans voting against the bill. The bill is now eligible to vote to the full Senate for a vote.
In the 2012 election, Ortman’s SD 47 voted in favor of the amendment, earning 51.4% of the votes. However, the results sharply varied from the eastern side of the district to the west. The eastern portion of the district, House District 47B, voted against the amendment (only 45.4% voting yes), while the western portion of the district, House District 47A, had 57.5% voting yes. It will be interesting to see if the dynamics in 47B play a role in influencing State Rep. Joe Hoppe’s vote. Hoppe voted in favor of the amendment last session.
The counterpart bill in the House, H.F. 1054, had a hearing this morning in the Civil Law Committee that will continue tonight. State Rep. Cindy Pugh, who represents northeast Chanhassen as part of District 33B, sits on that committee. Pugh is a solid “no” vote on marriage equality.