Crowd of demonstrators grows at Minn. Capitol

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Hundreds of people on both sides of the gay marriage issue are expressing their viewpoints at the Minnesota Capitol where the House is expected to cast a historic vote on legislation legalizing same-gender unions.

The demonstrators filled the hallway outside the House chambers Thursday where debate was expected to begin at midday. Supporters of gay marriage, dressed in orange T-shirts, held up signs that read “I Support The Freedom to Marry.” Behind them, opponents held up bright pink signs that simply said “Vote No.”

Security at the Capitol was tighter than usual as the crowd of demonstrators gathered.

House Democratic leaders say they’re confident they have sufficient votes to pass the measure. If successful, the state Senate would take up the legislation on Monday, paving the way for Gov. Mark Dayton to sign it next week.

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