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Minnesota House Approves Bill Allowing Same-Sex Marriages

The bill now moves on to the state senate as Minnesota Democrats hope to make the state the 12th in the nation to legalize gay marriage. Gov. Mark Dayton has vocally supported the legislation.

UPDATE: Minnesota Representatives approved with a 75-59 vote Thursday a bill legalizing same-sex marriages in the state, putting it on the road to become the 12th state in the nation to do so.

The vote came at about 3 p.m. Thursday, May 9, about three hours after the bill was introduced. 

This is about honoring difference," bill sponsor Karen Clark said. "I respect the other point of view. But there is something about being able to marry the love of your life."

Clark, a Democrat from Minneapolis, recognized her partner of 26 years in the assembly's audience.  

The vote came nearly six months to the day after a 2012 vote on a Republican-sponsored amendment item defining marriage as a union between man and woman. That, of course, was defeated on Election Day. 

“Minnesota has been a national leader on issues of human rights and equality over the years. Today, the Minnesota House of Representatives carried on that tradition with its vote for Minnesota to recognize the marriages of all loving people," said DFL Party chair Ken Martin. "In any social movement, there comes a seminal moment when people can choose to either be on the right side or wrong side of history. Today, the Minnesota House of Representatives chose to be on the right side of history." 

A companion bill is set to go in the Minnesota Senate on Monday, May 13. The DFL holds a majority in that branch of the legislature and Senate Majority Leader Tom Bakk said he believes he has the votes to pass the bill as early as Monday afternoon. 

Original story: As crowds supporting both sides of the issue demonstrated outside of the Minnesota House of Representatives chambers, the march toward legalizing same sex marriages in the state began today with the presentation of House File 1054 to the floor.

Rep. Karen Clark of Minneapolis, one of the house’s openly gay members, is sponsor of the bill.

WATCH: Minnesota House of Representatives debates H.F. 1054 - Legalizing Same Sex Marriages

The eventual vote on the house floor comes just six months after a constitutional amendment to never allow the performance of same sex marriages in the state.

That 2012 election swept in a majority to the DFL, moving Democrats in control of the state house and state senate after Republicans gained control in 2010 of both branches in the Legislature. 

Gov. Mark Dayton has said, unequivically, that he would support and sign the bill

Freshman Rep. David Fitzsimmons (Albertville) has proposed an amendment to the bill, which added “civil” to any reference to the word “marriage” in the bill.

The House approved that amendment in the opening moments of discussion Thursday, May 9. 

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St. Louis Park Legislator: Keep 'Marriage' as Part of Same Sex Bill

Slocum to Vote 'Yes' on Same-Sex Marriage Bill

Hopkins' Simon Fights Back Tears During Gay Marriage Debate

Eagan's Halverson on Same-Sex Marriage Bill: 'All Familes Really Do Matter'

Golden Valley's Freiberg: Look at All These Rights Long-Term Gay Couples Don’t Have

Southwest House Reps Vote 'Yes' on Same-Sex Marriage Bill

Stillwater House Members Vote Against Same-Sex Bill

Michael Hindin May 25, 2013 at 05:24 PM
Al, How much did the teaparty, ALEC (Koch brothers - Flint Hills refinery) NOM, the Catholic Church, Mormon Church, and other conservative churches sped to Create Prop 8, and a whole bunch (30) of state laws and constitutional amendments guaranteeing one man and one woman? Minnesota was consultant Frank Schubert's first loss but he got paid plenty. Those were mostly to harvest votes from social conservatives to elect candidates who were anti regulation and anti corporate taxes. The wealthy guys in ALEC including the Koch brothers don't care about social issues they always sent their pregnant daughters on a vacation to Switzerland. They never had to worry about pre existing conditions or basis health care. Their wealth is never enough. Se your gas prices lately? They spent a lot of money (10 million in campaign contributions) to be able to loot and pollute.
Smokin' Joe May 25, 2013 at 05:49 PM
Mike, if the Supreme Court had the stones to do what was right by the constitution we wouldn't be looking at the upcoming trainwreck of Obamacare. On the other hand, if they had done right by the constitution and dumped DOMA this whole argument about SSM would have been settled nationwide. I'd argue that it would have been a positive for your side to have someone else seen as "redefining marriage" while you'd still reap the benefits.
Michael Hindin May 25, 2013 at 06:04 PM
Joe, I absolutely wish the SCOTUS had ruled out DOMA. Definitely would have saved a lot of time money and political capital.
Michael Hindin May 25, 2013 at 06:07 PM
Al. I consider being called a liberal a high honor. Since you refer to us as "libs" how should we refer to you?
AlPatch May 25, 2013 at 06:18 PM
MH you seem to agree with me in the first part of your response. The second half is more ramble. All I will say on gas is that people keep buying it. Quite a compliment to ask how to refer to me. Shows I am not biased.

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