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Minnesota House Panel Advances Marriage Equality Bill in Voice Vote

Minnesota's House Ways and Means Committee has advanced a marriage equality bill on a voice vote, Pioneer Press reports:

MinnesotaNew estimates show it would cost the state about $688,000 annually to provide health insurance benefits to same-sex spouses of state employees but would be partially offset by about $10,000 collected from marriage license fees in 2015, according to a Minnesota Management & Budget analysis.

House Speaker Paul Thissen, DFL-Minneapolis, has said he wouldn't schedule a floor vote on the gay marriage bill until he knows it would pass.

Senate Majority Leader Tom Bakk, DFL-Cook, has said he thinks the Senate has the votes to pass it. And DFL Gov. Mark Dayton has said he would sign a gay- marriage bill if it reaches his desk.

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  1. Well, hopefully, they find the votes in the House. Pretty much all the lean yes votes have confirmed they're for marriage equality. We've lost two with a third seen as a lean no vote. 7 of the 17 rural Democrats are confirmed yes votes. So as things stand, that means of the 8 remaining rural Democrats, we have to win 6 or there won't be enough votes unless a Republican comes on board which so far, none have.

    Going to be very tight. Hopefully it happens. No decision would surprise me.

    Posted by: Francis #1 | May 6, 2013 10:24:13 PM


  2. I think there is a type-o here. I believe it should say $190,000 instead of "but would be partially offset by about $10,000 collected from marriage license fees in 2015" At least, that is the number being reported by other sources.

    Posted by: Alex Parrish | May 6, 2013 11:37:58 PM


  3. And how much does it cost to provide the same benefits to hetero couples?

    Posted by: Cycledoc | May 7, 2013 8:34:42 AM


  4. Good point, Cycledoc. Over the decades I have spent, in today's dollars,over $8,000 a year just in real estate taxes. Most of that goes to schools to educate other people's kids. I don't mind, because I believe that education is essential for society. At work, I have contributed as much at work as any of my colleagues, yet until recently received health benefits for only myself, where others were getting it for families of 2, 3, 4, 5, 6... I could go on and on, but bottom line is a lot of gay people give much more than they take, because of the way the system operates.

    Posted by: John | May 7, 2013 10:53:18 AM


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