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Minnesota Senate Approves Gay Marriage Bill

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Minnesota Gay Marriage Vote, source: startribune.com

Minnesota effectively just became the 12th state to legalize gay marriage. After more than four hours of discussion, the Minnesota Senate approved HF 1054 with a 37-30 vote. The law will take effect August 1.

“This is the right step in the right direction. We have nothing to fear from love and commitment and we have everything to gain,” said Senator John Hoffman, before the vote.

“Here in Minnesota, Richard and I are legal strangers to each other. How can that be?” said gay Senator Scott Dibble, in an emotional speech before the vote, about he and his partner’s relationship. He continued, by saying that by voting ‘yes’ “we will be treating people fairly and we will be removing the barriers to the full joys that life has to offer.”

“I’m not quite so sure that everything is going to be just okay. That’s why I ask members to continue to recognize the core traditional marriage that we have for thousands of years. I respectfully ask this body to vote against this bill,” said Senator Bill Ingebrigsten, also before voting.

The House passed the bill last week 75-59 and Governor Mark Dayton has said he will sign the bill.

Once signed into law, Minnesota will become the first midwestern state where legislators approved same-sex marriage. Iowa allows gay weddings due to a court ruling.
Delaware approved gay marriage last week making it the 11th state to do so.

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