"From the bottom of our hearts, we ask that you please accept our apology."
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Senator Amy Koch, who campaigned this year to put a constitutional amendment on next year's ballot to define marriage as the union between a man and a woman.
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has admitted that she had "a relationship with a Senate staffer" who is not her husband.
She has stepped down as Majority Leader of the Minnesota Senate, announced she will not seek re-election, and issued an apology.
In response, the gay and lesbian community of Minnesota has issued their own apology, for "ruining the institution of marriage and causing her to stray from her husband"
Minnesota Public Radio
has reported that Republican staff knew of the affair months ago.
"Last Friday, Michel in a news conference had told reporters that Senate leaders had learned of the behavior issue in the
last few weeks. Michel acknowledges the misleading timeline and says he fudged the timing to protect the source, who at that time was unidentified."
"As to why he or others didn't simply go to Koch directly after Sheehan's report and tell her to end the relationship, Michel said the senators' understanding was that even after Koch and the staffer admitted the relationship to Sheehan that they kept it going. ‘We knew they'd been confronted already,’ Michel said, and ‘that had not resulted in any changed behavior from either of the individuals involved."