Minneapolis Realtors defend same-sex marriage

Trade group: Equal access to housing and property rights at stake

Citing its potential to have a detrimental effect on housing markets and economy as a whole. a Minnesota-based Realtor association has taken a public stance against a proposal to amend the state’s constitution to recognize only marriages of opposite-sex couples as valid.

Same-sex marriage is already illegal in Minnesota under a 1997 law. But a constitutional amendment would make it harder to overturn that law, because another statewide vote making gay marriage legal would be required.