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Freshman Rep. John Kriesel, R-Cottage Grove, is stopped by a lobbyist outside the Minnesota House chamber recently. Kriesel has been vocal about his opposition to a proposed constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriages. Bulletin photo by Scott Wente

Cottage Grove lawmakers question same-sex marriage amendment's effect, timing


ST. PAUL - Rep. John Kriesel was sitting outside the Minnesota House chamber, his mind firmly made up on one of the most controversial issues at the Capitol.

Kriesel, a freshman from Cottage Grove, said he split with fellow Republicans and opposes a bill that would put before voters a constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriage in Minnesota.

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Scott Wente
Scott Wente has been editor at the South Washington County Bulletin since 2011. He worked as a reporter at other Forum Communications newspapers from 2003 to 2011. He is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-River Falls.
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