The state of Minnesota attempted to ban the highly disgraced and harmful practice, but saw an obstacle n the face of local Republicans. The amendment introduced by the openly gay Senator Scott Dibbie was voted down 34-30, because there was no Republican to support it, and they predominate among the Minnesota lawmakers. The amendment’s rejection came as a blow to Dibble as he had previously had two Republicans approach him to ensure that they would vote in favor of the bill and even give their recommendation on how to make it more reachable. However, Republican Majority Leader Paul Gazelka called a recess and summoned the Senate’s Republicans to a meeting. Dibble was later told that—if the amendment was passed—that six Republicans would vote against the health and human services budget bill it was attached to, and this was the reason why they did not let it go forward.