The campaign to approve a constitutional amendment limiting marriage to heterosexual couples claims such bans don't injure gay and lesbian couples.

Minnesota for Marriage made the claim in a 2-minute video released on Thursday.

“The marriage amendment has no impact on rights and benefits for gay couples,” Kalley Yanta says in the 46th episode of the series Minnesota Marriage Minute. “All the amendment would do is put our definition of marriage as the union of one man and one woman, which has always existed in Minnesota, into our state constitution so that it is protected from being redefined by activist judges or politicians.”

Yanta goes on to say that gay couples already enjoy similar rights. This is evidenced by the increasing number of gay couples living in Minnesota, Yanta says.

“Our current law does not hinder their opportunities and participation in society. Nothing in the amendment would change that.”

“Voters in other states have enacted state constitutional amendments defining marriage as the union of one man and one woman and there have been no hardships for same-sex couples in those states,” Yanta adds. (The video is embedded on this page. Visit our video library for more videos.)

However, California's 2008 voter-approved amendment put an end to the weddings of gay couples taking place in the state. And broader bans in other states have been used to deny recognition of gay couples with other unions such as domestic partnerships or civil unions.