By Sarah Barchus
The proposed marriage amendment in Minnesota was defeated, according to the Associated Press early Wednesday morning, the Star Tribune reported.
The decision makes Minnesota the first state to deny an the addition of an amendment defining marriage as between a man and a woman into the state constitution, the Pioneer Press reported.
"Tonight Minnesota proved that love is bigger than government," Richard Carlbom, campaign manager for Minnesotans United for All Families, the main Vote No group, said. "Minnesota has become the first state in the nation to beat back a freedom-limiting amendment like this," the Pioneer Press reported.
To pass, the amendment needed the majority of votes. With 98 percent of the precincts reported, the amendment had received only 48 percent of the voters' support, the Star Tribune reported.
But some supporters like Chuck Darrell of Minnesota for Marriage, the leading support group for the amendment, were waiting for the official count to accept the decision, the Pioneer Press reported.
"No, we're not conceding. There's just too many counties out there," he said, the Pioneer Press reported.
The amendment was the most expensive and controversial ballot question in state history, the Star Tribune reported.
Both sides raised and spent a collective sum of $15 million on ads and efforts encouraging people to vote, the biggest action of its kind for organizations that aren't committed to political parties, the Star Tribune reported.
The issue also received attention in other states. Tuesday evening, Maryland and Maine became the first states where voters approved legalizing gay marriage, the Pioneer Press reported.
Though gay marriage is banned under state law in Minnesota, proponents of the amendment said that without the amendment it is possible for judges and lawmakers to overturn it, the Star Tribune reported.