ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) -- Minnesota lawmakers got a strong pulse of where their constituents stand in the statewide vote on a proposed constitutional ban on same-sex marriage.
That knowledge will give some legislators cover and others concern in future gay rights debates, including a possible push for legalization of gay marriage.
An analysis by The Associated Press of Tuesday's vote identified 55 members of the incoming Legislature who would be forced to choose between the prevailing tide in their party and signals sent by constituents. The data would undoubtedly be used by both sides to exert pressure on a highly controversial matter.
Already, some Democrats in the new majorities say they plan to open a gay marriage campaign. But they will surely find squeamishness in their own ranks.
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