Marriage amendment rejected in Minnesota

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Minnesotans voted against an amendment that would define marriage as between a man and a woman Tuesday, making it the first state to strike down a constitutional amendment limiting gay marriage, according to the Minnesota Daily.

It was a close race for part of election night, but ended with only 47.4 percent voting for the ban, reports the Minnesota Daily.

Campaign manager for Minnesota United for All Families Richard Carlbom was moved by the results, saying all the hard work was worth it, reports Kare 11.

"We beat an amendment in this state that no other state could beat," he said. "That speaks volumes."

Voting against this amendment will make it easier to one day legalize gay marriage in Minnesota by repealing the 1997 "Defense of Marriage" law, according to KSTP.

Amendment supporter and Minnesota for Marriage spokesperson Chuck Darrel said he was disappointed in the result but "had no regrets," according to Kare 11.

"This is not a shift away from the fact that marriage is between a man and a woman," he said. "We knew we were swimming against a powerful tide."

30 other states have proposed and approved similar amendments to their constitutions, according to the New York Times.

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