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Minnesota Committees To Take Up Marriage Equality Bills

Tuesday, March 12th, 2013 at 7:02 am

Committees in the Minnesota House and Senate are poised to vote on, and likely pass, bills to legalize same-sex marriage Tuesday, according to the Associated Press.

The House Civil Law Committee and Senate Judiciary Committee are set to take up the bills. The AP reported last week that Democrats likely had the votes in both committees to pass the bill. The House committee is set to start its hearing Tuesday morning, and resume at 6 p.m. The Senate committee begins at noon.

If the bills pass, they’ll slip below the radar for weeks as budget negotiations consume legislators’ attention. A full vote in both chambers isn’t expected until after budget bills have been passed. The marriage equality issue is a hot topic in Minnesota ever since last fall’s failed attempt to ban gay marriage in Minnesota’s constitution. In recent weeks, rallies at the capitol have seen large crowds turn out on both sides of the issue.

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