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BREAKING: Minnesota House of Representatives passes marriage equality bill

Marriage equality

By Scottie Thomaston Minnesota state seal

The Minnesota House convened today to debate on the marriage equality bill, H.F. 1054, and the House has just voted to pass the bill 75-59. As we reported earlier this morning, the state senate will convene on Monday at 11AM, and will vote soon after that on the marriage bill. State senate officials have said they have the votes to pass it. Minnesota’s Governor Mark Dayton is a marriage equality supporter and will sign the bill once it reaches his desk. Minnesota will be the 12th state to allow same-sex couples to marry, once the bill is signed into law.

The state was the second in history to vote against a state constitutional amendment to ban marriage equality, when same-sex marriage opponents tried to pass a ballot initiative last November. (The first was Arizona in 2006, but voters eventually passed an anti-gay amendment in the next election cycle.)

Having state legislators pass marriage equality into law just months after voters rejected the anti-gay amendment in Minnesota is remarkable progress; and it’s the latest in a string of victories in 2013: Rhode Island’s Governor Lincoln Chafee signed marriage equality into law earlier this week, and then Delaware passed their own marriage equality bill, which was signed by Governor Jack Markell.

An amendment to the Minnesota bill was filed late in the process: as we reported, it simply adds the word “civil” in front of marriage to reiterate that what’s at stake in the legislation is a civil marriage law, and religious institutions will not be affected. Minnesotans United for Marriage, the state’s pro-marriage equality campaign organization, supports the amendment.

The House also voted down an amendment that would have completely abolished marriage in the state, replacing it with civil unions.

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