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Minn. House approves gay marriage with 75-59 vote

Published 3:17pm Thursday, May 9, 2013

ST. PAUL (AP) — A pivotal vote Thursday in the Minnesota House positioned that state to become the 12th in the country to allow gay marriages and the first in the Midwest to pass such a law out of its Legislature.

The 75-59 vote was seen as the critical step for the measure, which would allow same-sex weddings beginning Aug. 1. It’s a startling shift in the state, where just six months earlier voters surprisingly turned back an effort to ban them in the Minnesota Constitution.

The state Senate is expected to consider the bill Monday, and leaders expect it to pass there. Gov. Mark Dayton has pledged to sign it into law.

Hundreds of people on both sides of the issue rallied Thursday at the Minnesota Capitol, which was under tighter than usual security. Pro-marriage demonstrators filled the hallways outside the House chambers, some dressed in orange T-Shirts and holding signs that read, “I Support The Freedom to Marry.” Behind them, opponents held up bright pink signs that simply read, “Vote No.”

Eleven other states allow gay marriages — including Rhode Island and Delaware, which approved laws in the past week. Minnesota would be the first state in the Midwest to pass the measure out of the Legislature.

Iowa allows gay marriages because of a 2009 court ruling. Leaders in Illinois — the only Midwestern state other than Minnesota with a Democratic-led statehouse — say that state is close to having the votes to approve a law too. But most other states surrounding Minnesota have constitutional bans against same-sex weddings, so the change might not spread to the nation’s heartland nearly as quickly as it has on the coasts and in New England.

The Minnesota push for gay marriage grew out of last fall’s successful campaign to defeat a constitutional amendment that would have banned it. Minnesota became the first state to turn back such an amendment after more than two dozen states had passed one over more than a decade.

The same election put Democrats in full control of state government for the first time in more than two decades, a perfect scenario for gay marriage supporters to swiftly pursue legalization. They tapped the cross-section of citizens, businesses, churches and others who spoke out against the amendment and staged rallies as part of a lobbying effort to build support.

The bill cleared committees in both chambers in March, and with a succession of national polls showing opposition to gay marriage falling away nationally.

  • Elliot Dallavalle

    Oh Oh!!!! – Can’t wait for Merle, Camilla, and Holly to condemn the State of MN to Hades underworld where we shall all perish in the sulfurous flames for all eternity. Right now, I am sure they are furiously scanning their religious texts for the right passages to use.

    • holly

      In Internet slang, a troll (pron.: /ˈtroʊl/, /ˈtrɒl/) is someone who posts inflammatory,[1] extraneous, or off-topic messages in an online community, such as a forum, chat room, or blog, with the primary intent of provoking readers into an emotional response[2] or of otherwise disrupting normal on-topic discussion. Examples: Nearly every post that Elliot Dallavalle has made on this site.

  • Elliot Dallavalle

    Holly – Does that make you a “troll follower” then? I’m glad I have created a following. You are my first. Congratulations. Nice cut and paste job on the definition too.

    Now back to the topic, marriage equality for all. I just want to put any worries you might have to rest. If you are married Holly, your marriage will not be affected. You don’t have to pay any additional fee to stay married, no additional marriage encounters are necessary, and no additional paperwork is needed to confirm that the marriage certificate you were first issued is still valid. Nothing will change for you and your spouse. Life goes on.

    So truth be told, nothing in the state of Mn will change. In all the other 11 states, nothing changed. People are free to marry the person they love, regardless of sex. I think that is a beautiful thing and so does my wife. We are both thrilled this fight is basically over, and we are extremely proud we have a thoughtful Governor who sees it our way. Vote Dayton in 2016!

    • holly

      “Oh Oh!!!! – Can’t wait for Merle, Camilla, and Holly to (comment)” – Looks like it is YOU that is the follower.

      • Elliot Dallavalle

        Holly, ouch!

  • Richard Olson

    The very last person to berate others about being a troll is alias Holly Olsonmunk. I say alias because when she first began life as my tail she was Holly. Then she became Holly Munk, then she became Holly Olsonmunk.
    All alias’s and all phony. Just like a troll.
    Alias Holly’s comments are now reduced to paraphrasing comments I first made to her. Such as showing up late, adding nothing to the conversation and being a joy to live with. Like an internet troll she has never had an original thought and is here solely to irritate others and has said as much.

    If she wasn’t ashamed of her irrational comments she would use her real name. As it is now all she can do is accuse others of using phony names to divert attention from her own childish behavior. Holly is not only a troll, she is a bitter, angry humorless specimen.

    • holly

      You forgot that I was Holly AckerMunk for a while too, when you were posing as Acker Johnson. But you got kicked off of this site as Acker, just as you got kicked off as Chipmunk. And someday soon, as Richard. You, the angry hate-filled, bigoted man who hates on anyone and anything that is different than your poor excuse for a life.

      • Richard Olson

        I just love to be proved right. Thanks, alias Holly.

  • timmolter

    Marriage was created by God to be between a man and a woman (Genesis 2:21-24; Matthew 19:4-6). You can call it what you want but it’s not marriage unless its between a man and a woman. Man didn’t create it, and you can use the title but that still doesn’t make it a real Marriage.

    As a Christian I fear for anyone who will suffer eternally because of their decision to reject the only means of salvation—the Lord Jesus Christ who offers the only hope for escape from any destructive lifestyle.

    Invite Jesus Christ into your heart today:

    • Walt Henry

      Jesus, speaking to a crowd of heterosexual, says marriage should be between a man and a woman. One can only wonder what he would have said if he was talking to a crowd of homosexuals. Unless there is someplace where Jesus says partnerships between two people of the same sex should not have the same civil rights as those of opposite sex then I don’t think your statements of the new testament are relevant. (BTW–Gen. 2 says nothing about marriage)

      • BrendanJanssen

        It’s copypasta. Those fearful of gay marriage think that if they recite their spiel enough times, it will become true.

  • Walt Henry

    I grabbed this from an unidentifiable source on the StarTribune website. “I knew two years ago when Republicans tried to force a Constitutional amendment banning Gay marriage that it was going to come back to bite them in the behind. By shining the light on the subject it got people talking and thinking about the issue more, and many people who were against it originally saw all the misinformation and bigotry behind the amendment and more people today are either “for” or “don’t care” if Gay people get married. I thank Republicans for opening the dialogue on Gay marriage, and I thank the people of Minnesota for realizing that denying Gays to marry is wrong and is discrimination.”–Well said.

    • Richard Olson

      I thought the same thing. Republicans forgot that old saying “let sleeping dogs lay”. By shoving their extreme religious views through legislation the reactionary right is laying the ground work for more failures in the future.
      The thinking public saw through their scheme to make voting more difficult for some people and forcing their religious views on marriage. Not to worry they trudge ahead with a reactionary agenda on women’s health, abortion, putting the screws to public employees and unions anything to put big government into our personal lives.

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