Same-Sex Marriage Bill Passes Through Committee In Both House, Senate

Wednesday, March 13th, 2013 at 7:01 am

Minnesota House and Senate lawmakers have given big victories to supporters of same-sex marriage, which could be a sign that winds are changing on the topic.

On Tuesday, the House Civil Law Committee passed a bill to legalize gay marriage on a 10-7 party-line vote, with all Democrats in favor and all Republicans opposed according to the Associated Press.

The Senate Judiciary Committee passed a similar bill earlier Tuesday. It was the first time state legislative committees have backed marriage rights for gay couples. The bills now head to the floor, where a final vote is not expected until much later in session.

The Democratic-led Legislature is pressing ahead with the marriage bill after voters defeated a constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage last November.

Gov. Mark Dayton says he will sign the bill if it reaches him.

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