Same-Sex Marriage Bill Passes In MN House, Expected To Pass In Senate

Friday, May 10th, 2013 at 6:51 am

On Thursday the Minnesota House of Representatives did pass the same-sex marriage bill 75-59 with four Republicans breaking party ranks to vote in favor of same-sex marriage.

Minnesota is positioned to become the 12th state to approve gay marriages following a historic vote in the state House.

The vote Thursday was seen as pivotal for the measure, which would allow same-sex weddings beginning Aug. 1. The Senate is expected to pass the bill next week, and Gov. Mark Dayton has said he’ll sign it.

Eleven other states allow gay marriages, including Rhode Island and Delaware which approved laws in the past week. Minnesota would be the first state in the Midwest to pass the measure out of the Legislature. Iowa allows gay marriages because of a 2009 court ruling.

Two democrats did vote against the bill.

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