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Minnesota Senate joins House in approving same-sex marriage

MinnPost photo by James Nord
Gay marriage supporters rally in the Capitol Rotunda on Monday.

The Minnesota Senate, after four hours of floor discussion Monday, joined the state House of Representatives in approving same-sex marriage.

The measure, which could be signed as early as Tuesday by Gov. Mark Dayton, means Minnesota will become the 12th state in the nation to permit gay marriages.

The Senate vote was 37 to 30. The Minnesota House passed the measure Thursday on a 75-59 vote.

Moments before the vote, chief author Sen. Scott Dibble read passages of a poem by Langston Hughes. “Let America be America again,” Dibble said. “Let it be the dream it used to be.”

The vote came after more than four hours of emotional and at times acrimonious debate. Near the end, the din from supporters and opponents sometimes threatened to drown out the floor speeches.

Inside the chamber, opponents prayed and held rosaries and Bibles while supporters held hands and blotted tears. Capitol staff packed the Senate floor as Dibble took up the microphone — a traditional signal under legislative protocol that a vote is imminent.  

The action comes just six months after Minnesota voters rejected a proposed constitutional amendment that would have defined marriage as only between one man and one woman.  And it takes place just one week shy of the second anniversary of the Legislature’s vote to place the proposed ban on gay marriage in the state constitution.

Comments (9)

  1. Submitted by Sarah Silander on 05/13/2013 - 05:14 pm.

    Who engaged in acrimonious debate?

    Who made acrimonious comments and what did they say?

    I watched the final hour and everyone was very respectful. Hawkins needs to help us understand how the first 3 hours that were at times “acrimonious” evolved into a very calm final hour.

  2. Submitted by Pat Berg since 2011 on 05/13/2013 - 05:23 pm.

    Waiting to exhale

    All day long I’ve been holding my breath, afraid something would derail this historic day.

    Now I can breathe again.

    Now I can whoop, holler, and cheer!

    Hooray Minnesota!

  3. Submitted by Phillip Hankland on 05/13/2013 - 06:32 pm.

    Gay marriage bill

    What many people don’t realize is that by making this legal it now makes parochial schools, and religious that do not believe in same sex unions will now have to teach their students the merits of the gay lifestyle in order to get state and federal funding.
    There are also many other problems with this bill that will effect hospitalization insurance, retirement funds and many more.
    This bill being passed is a big mistake in my opinion.

    • Submitted by Pat Berg since 2011 on 05/13/2013 - 11:33 pm.

      Tell you what – go and find the specific parts of the bill that require anyone to “teach their students the merits of the gay lifestyle in order to get state and federal funding” and come back here and post it. (You made the claim, the burden of proof is yours).

      Go ahead – find it and post it.

      I’ll be waiting . . . . . . . . . . .

  4. Submitted by Tom Anderson on 05/13/2013 - 11:15 pm.

    Will this be the 1st bill of the session

    Signed by the Governor tomorrow? With less than a week to go in the session it is very significant.

  5. Submitted by Dan Hintz on 05/14/2013 - 05:41 am.


    The governor has actually signed dozens of bills this session. That is something you can actually look up.

    • Submitted by Tom Anderson on 05/14/2013 - 08:40 pm.

      Can’t get past same-sex bill

      Could you perhaps give me a site or even just post 2 or3 of the dozens and I can take it from there. Thanks!

      Dozens. As a great writer said, the burden of proof is yours.

  6. Submitted by timothy murphy on 05/14/2013 - 10:06 am.

    Same Sex Marriage

    Namaste Everyone, I am here to enlighten everyone with universal truths. There is probaly 3-4 percent of our population experiencing same sex attraction and these unions have already shown to have negative social behavior in an already increasingly dysfuntional society. We are out of harmony with God in this matter, for he did not design the body to be used this way. Our lives are truly a puff of smoke, we’re born then die shortly there after. We must groom our souls for eternal salvation and keep on the correct path in this trial and avoid eternal damnation in the place of horrors. We need to scientificly examine why attitudes are changing, its almost as if a neanderthal reasoning has some how surfaced in this syndrome. I’m assigning everyone to experience reality and become whole by leaving these concrete walls and head to the woods by an stream and let your senses be filled with nature and then watch some internet videos with people who died and came back to life and share their spiritual experiences. I guarantee your attitudes will change. there are so many other things these people can enjoy. Abstain for eternal life. I’m out of state, please tell the Govener not to sign the bill. Thanks, Namaste Timothy Murphy.

    • Submitted by Matt Haas on 05/14/2013 - 01:49 pm.

      By all means

      Feel free to spend what time you have left planning for your imagined eternal existence. I on the other hand think I’m gonna be bit too busy, living this one.

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