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Chances Look Good for Minnesota Marriage Equality Bill to Get to House, Senate Floors


Minnesota's marriage equality reportedly has the votes it needs to get to the House floor, the AP reports:

MN...the bill was already headed for a key boost in the House Civil Law Committee: nine of 17 members on that committee told The Associated Press they would vote for the bill, enough to send it on to the full House.

Both House Civil Law and the Senate Judiciary Committee scheduled hearings next Tuesday on the bill, and its success in Senate Judiciary looks nearly as likely. Four of eight members told the AP they'd vote yes; a fifth, DFL Sen. Barb Goodwin, said she supports gay marriage but is uncomfortable moving so quickly to legalize it in Minnesota. The bill's sponsor, Sen. Scott Dibble (above), said he was confident of winning over Goodwin.

All the confirmed yes votes in both committees come from Democrats, who hold the House and Senate majorities. So far, only one Republican lawmaker out of 89 has committed to supporting the bill.

"I never pretended I would do anything but support it," said Rep. Tina Liebling, DFL-Rochester. "It's just the right thing to do and I can't even imagine voting another way."

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  1. According to Wikipedia, Democrats hold Majorities in both the House (73-61) and Senate (39-28). Let us hope they stand with the Democratic Party Platform.

    Posted by: AdamTN | Mar 8, 2013 10:34:05 AM

  2. @ADAMTN

    Let's also hope that a few Republicans cross the aisle and vote with the Democratic majority. It doesn't have to be a lot. Just enough to send a message to the RNC.

    More is better. Including more parties in support of equality.

    Posted by: Clayton | Mar 8, 2013 2:09:15 PM

  3. Minnesota, this mother is counting on you to do the right thing.

    Posted by: Randi Reitan | Mar 10, 2013 11:01:50 PM

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