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Marriage Equality Bill To Be Introduced In St. Paul

Wednesday, February 27th, 2013 at 6:34 am

A long-expected bill to legalize same-sex marriage in Minnesota is making its debut at the Capitol.

Sponsors of the marriage equality bill are unveiling it at a Wednesday morning press conference. They aim to repeal Minnesota’s 1997 law that prohibited marriage between couples of the same sex.

Sponsors say the bill will exempt churches from being forced to perform same-sex weddings. The drive to legalize same-sex marriage in Minnesota got a boost last year when voters rejected a constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriage. Advocates of that amendment say the results of that vote don’t translate to widespread support for allowing same-sex couples to legally marry.

House and Senate committees are expected to take up the proposal soon. Gov. Mark Dayton has signaled that he would sign a bill to legalize same-sex marriage.

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