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ST. PAUL, MN – It’s shaping up to be a historic day for the state of Minnesota.
Lawmakers debated a same-sex marriage bill on the floor of the House for a few hours starting around noon. The legislation would allow same-sex couples to get married in the Gopher State starting in August.
The House is the first chamber to vote on this issue, and Thursday afternoon, they passed the bill with a vote of 75-59. One local diversity leader said this is a huge step for the state.
“It’s a sense of accomplishment, a sense of relief, a sense of pride and a fulfilling of hope, hope for young people,” said Vangie Castro of the Rochester Diversity Council.
Now that it’s been passed, the bill moves to the Senate for a vote on their own verison, which is expected to happen on Monday.
Once both chambers can agree on one version and pass it, it will then go to Governor Mark Dayton’s desk. Dayton has already said he will sign the bill.