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Minnesota House Approves Gay Marriage Bill

PHOTO: Last fall, Minnesotans rejected a proposed state constitution ban on gay marriage. Now, just six months later, the state is close to making same sex marriage legal. The House will take up the marriage equity bill today and if passed, the Senate will vote on Monday. CREDIT: Fibonacci Blue
PHOTO: Last fall, Minnesotans rejected a proposed state constitution ban on gay marriage. Now, just six months later, the state is close to making same sex marriage legal. The House will take up the marriage equity bill today and if passed, the Senate will vote on Monday. CREDIT: Fibonacci Blue
May 9, 2013

ST. PAUL, Minn. - An historic vote at the State Capitol today, as the Minnesota House approved a bill that would legalize same-sex marriage. The state Senate will take up the marriage equality bill on Monday. Governor Mark Dayton has indicated he would sign the legislation

It is an issue that has divided the state. Those in favor say that it's an issue of equal rights for all.

"Absolutely I support because it is a right for equal people and they should have the same rights as straight people do. - I support gay marriage because I don't feel that it really affects me. - People of the same sex deserve the same rights as people of the opposite sex and that's why I support gay marriage."

On the other side are those who say marriage is traditional, religious, and between and man and a woman.

"I do not support gay marriage because of my values that are Biblically based. - I'm a Christian and it says in Revelations that when the world comes to an end men will lie down with men and it will be widely accepted. - Marriage is marriage...man and a woman. So I guess I would not support gay marriage. - I believe that you can love whoever you want to love, but marriage is between a man and a woman."

If approved, gay and lesbian couples could legally get hitched starting August 1, making Minnesota the 12th state in the nation to legalize same-sex marriage.

More information is at bit.ly/13iIMjn.

John Michaelson, Public News Service - MN