A video released by gay marriage supporters uses the words of Minnesota lawmakers in urging against an amendment that seeks to ban gay marriage in the state.

The House was set to vote on the controversial measure on Thursday after a House panel approved it the previous day, but no action was taken.

A companion Senate measure has already cleared that chamber. A vote in the House is the only remaining hurdle needed for it to be on next year's ballot. But the chamber must act before Monday, the last day of the legislative session. Minnesota law already bans gay and lesbian couples from marrying, but supporters of the amendment say the law remains vulnerable to legal challenges without the constitutional alteration.

Opponents of the measure outnumbered supporters outside the Statehouse on Thursday, but both sides were making their voices heard.

Soundbites from the debate going on inside the Statehouse were released in a video ad on Thursday by gay rights group OutFront Minnesota.

The 2-minute-50-second video begins with openly gay Minnesota state Senator Scott Dibble saying, “This amendment is going to created a climate of hostility. It's going to create conjecture, and fear, and divide Minnesotans during this critical time in our economy when we need to be pulling people together.”

Senate testimony from 24-year-old Madeline Koch: “You'd think as a Republican, I'd be on the other side of this issue. But I'm here today because I don't believe that equal rights for same-sex couples or anyone is a partisan issue.”

And Representative Steve Simon telling a House committee that being gay is a gift from God: “How many more gay people does God have to create before we ask ourselves whether or not God actually wants them around?” (The video is embedded in the right panel of this page.)