The testimony of Republican Madeline Koch before a Minnesota Senate committee hearing considering a gay marriage ban has gone viral on the video sharing site

On Friday, the Committee on Judiciary and Public Safety heard more than 3 hours' worth of testimony on Republican Senator Warren Limmer's proposed amendment that seeks to constitutionally ban gay marriage in the state. With an 8 to 4 party-line vote the panel approved the measure and sent it to the 11-member Senate Rules and Administration Committee.

If approved, voters would be asked in 2012 to decide on the definition of marriage. Minnesota state law already bans gay and lesbian couples from marrying.

In her testimony, Koch, 24, said the amendment would take the GOP in the wrong direction.

“I'm here today because I would like to give you my perspective and the perspective of most people I know who are a part of my generation, political party and sexual orientation on why adding a constitutional amendment that would ban same-sex marriage is not only wrong on a moral front but also takes our party in the wrong direction for future generations of Republicans.”

“I don't believe that equal rights for same-sex couples – or anyone – is a partisan issue.”

“The need for equality and the full acceptance of GLBT people is something Minnesota's next generation of leaders has already embraced,” Koch added.

“As a straight person not driven by anything but ideology, I'd ask that you not let me down as my representatives by putting your own personal beliefs and benefits in the way of equality.” (The video is embedded in the right panel of this page.)