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Historic 75-59 House vote clears way for Minnesota same-sex marriage

MinnPost photo by James Nord
Lynne Hvidsten and Cindy Amberger, of Minnetonka, have been together for 20 years. They were cheering on lawmakers to support gay marriage Thursday afternoon at the state Capitol.

The Minnesota House took a historic step Thursday, approving same-sex marriage with votes to spare.

The final vote was 75 to 59.

The Minnesota Senate, where leaders are confident they have enough support, will vote on the matter Monday.

Gov. Dayton has said he will sign the measure, which would make Minnesota the 12th state in the nation to approve same-sex marriage.

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Comments (8)

  1. Submitted by Beth-Ann Bloom on 05/09/2013 - 03:49 pm.

    Love, justice, and smart organizers triumph!

    Minnesota shows that love is love and legislative courage is to be celebrated. These changes come with heart work built on the shoulders of big-hearted folks who came beffore us.

  2. Submitted by Donn Haugen on 05/09/2013 - 04:00 pm.

    love and hate

    This shows how love has won over hate. It is a precursor to other issues where hate will lose.

  3. Submitted by Tim Walker on 05/09/2013 - 04:10 pm.

    A proud day for Minnesota

    This makes me feel so good.

    And proud.

    Good, and proud, to be a Minnesotan.

  4. Submitted by Dale Trexel on 05/09/2013 - 05:27 pm.

    A great first step!

    This is very encouraging news!

    If marriage equality goes all the way here in Minnesota, I hope that the media pick up on the fact that we’ll be the first state where gays can marry, but we still can’t buy beer on Sunday.

    Baby steps…

  5. Submitted by Michele Olson on 05/09/2013 - 06:57 pm.

    A good day to be Minnesotan

    I tuned into the debate for a short time this afternoon and was impressed by the civility of the conversation. I am awed by those who voted contrary to the party line, and I am humbled by the strength and courage of the people who fought for this bill.

    Definitely a proud day.

  6. Submitted by Todd Hintz on 05/09/2013 - 11:13 pm.

    Marriage

    It’s about time we did some good around here.

  7. Submitted by Kenneth Kjer on 05/11/2013 - 07:39 pm.

    The final vote was 75 to 59.

    It just shows that we have 59 legislators who don’t give a dam about what the majority thinks or the rights of individuals. The certainly can’t separate church from state and as such they should resign.
    It is conservative to call them stupid, because you have a brain before you can be stupid.

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