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Minnesota House to consider marriage equality bill today

Marriage equality

By Jacob CombsMinnesota state seal

The Minnesota House of Representatives will vote today on H.F. 1054, a proposed marriage equality bill, after a House committee gave approval to the bill earlier this week.  A livestream will be available on the legislature’s website when the House convenes at noon local time, and the Star-Tribune will also have its own livestream.

If the House approves H.F. 1054 today, the bill will be voted on by the state Senate on Monday when it convenes at 11 a.m. local time.  Gov. Mark Dayton, a Democrat, has said he will sign the legislation into law, which would allow marriages to begin on August 1.

Yesterday, Republican Rep. David FitzSimmons filed an amendment to the bill that would add the word ‘civil’ in front of ‘marriage’ in Minnesota state law for both opposite-sex and same-sex couples.  FitzSimmons’s amendment is intended to clarify that the law would not apply to religious institutions in the state–who can already choose whom they wish to marry–and could entice other Republicans to vote in favor of the bill during today’s vote.

In a statement, Richard Carlbom, campaign manager of Minnesotans United for Marriage, announced the group’s support for the amendment:

“Representative FitzSimmons’ amendment affirms the fact that Minnesotans want same-sex couples to have the freedom to marry in our state while also ensuring that clergy members and religious institutions are free to practice their beliefs free from government intrusion.”

We’ll be following this story today at EqualityOnTrial as it develops.  Minnesota would be the 12th state to legalize marriage equality.

1 Comment

  • 1. Equality On Trial »&hellip  |  May 9, 2013 at 1:08 pm

    […] 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 […]

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