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MN Senate Passes Same-Sex Marriage Bill

Tuesday, May 14th, 2013 at 6:03 am

On Monday, the Minnesota Senate voted to legalize same-sex marriage, putting the state one step closer to becoming the 12th in the nation to allow gay couples to marry.

Monday’s vote sends the bill to Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton, who has promised to sign it. The Associated Press reports that signature could come as early as Tuesday.

The state Senate voted 37-30 to pass the bill after the House past it last week. It allows same-sex weddings beginning Aug. 1.

With Dayton’s signature, Minnesota would be the first Midwestern state where elected representatives voted directly to allow gay marriage. Iowa has had gay marriage since 2009, but that was due to a court ruling.

Just six months ago, Minnesota voters rejected an effort to ban gay marriage in the state constitution.

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