Minnesota House Passes Marriage Equality in 75-59 Vote!


Minnesota's House has approved marriage equality after three hours of debate in a vote of 75-59!

The bill now goes to the state Senate for consideration. Minnesota is poised to be the FIRST midwestern legislature to approve marriage equality! Iowa's marriage equality law was ushered in by the state Supreme Court.

It's rather an insane turn of events for a state which just six months ago was waging a furious (and unsuccessful) campaign to amend the state's constitution to ban same-sex marriage.

Though no Republicans had said they were 'yes' votes beforehand, four of them — David FitzSimmons of Albertville, Pat Garofalo of Farmington, Andrea Kieffer of Woodbury and Jenifer Loon of Eden Prairie — voted with the Democrats.  Democrats Sawatzky and Fritz voted no.

The Star Tribune reports:

Debate in the House got underway in the early afternoon, as thousands of supporters and opponents gathered outside the chamber. House Democratic leaders and the bill's supporters were confident it would pass. If it passes Monday in the Senate, Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton could be sign it into law by early next week and make Minnesota the 12th U.S. state to legalize gay marriage.

"My family knew firsthand that same sex couples pay our taxes, we vote, we serve in the military, we take care of our kids and our elders and we run businesses in Minnesota," said the bill's sponsor, Rep. Karen Clark, a Minneapolis Democrat who is gay. "... Same-sex couples should be treated fairly under the law, including the freedom to marry the person we love."

Opponents argued the bill would alter a centuries-old conception of marriage and leave those people opposed for religious reasons tarred as bigots.


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  1. Awesome!

    Posted by: guynyc | May 9, 2013 4:06:31 PM

  2. How many Ds & Rs in favor and opposed?

    Posted by: MiddleoftheRoader | May 9, 2013 4:06:49 PM

  3. Vote was 75-59.

    Fitzsimmons and 1 other Republican voted Yes

    Posted by: Mitchell | May 9, 2013 4:07:39 PM

  4. 75 yes , 59 no. Easy peasy pass. Much easier in the senate in a few days.

    Posted by: PE | May 9, 2013 4:08:06 PM

  5. What is it looking like in the Minnesota Senate?!?!

    Posted by: guynyc | May 9, 2013 4:08:10 PM

  6. Sorry that should have been AT LEAST 1 other republican voted yes.

    Posted by: Mitchell | May 9, 2013 4:08:28 PM

  7. This is in the state of MICHELE BACHMANN.

    Posted by: Gregoire | May 9, 2013 4:08:46 PM

  8. It passed with 75 votes, that has to be a lot more than expected. It's always been expected to pass in the Senate so marriage equality is almost an official reality in Minnesota, yea!

    What amazing speeches we heard today, so heartfelt, so beautiful. Our side was so much more elegant and eloquent. A lot of these Democrats are going to be in tough reelection fights so we need to have their backs as they have had ours.

    Posted by: Francis #1 | May 9, 2013 4:10:11 PM

  9. Wow! This is huge for Minnesota. the senate should pass it pretty easily as well. Really did not think this would happen!

    Posted by: Josh K. | May 9, 2013 4:10:25 PM

  10. Michelle Bachman ain't going to like this. Too bad.

    Posted by: Tom | May 9, 2013 4:13:52 PM

  11. I think I heard four Republicans voted for, one against. In any case, I live here and I am thrilled. When they announced this, I thought it was a bit too soon but I am delighted to have been wrong. (And to think this would never have happened if the idiot then-Republican-controlled legislature had not forced through the misguided hate bill Minnesotans defeated last fall.)

    Posted by: chris | May 9, 2013 4:16:20 PM

  12. (one DFL against, I mean)

    Posted by: chris | May 9, 2013 4:16:45 PM

  13. According to Minnesota Public Radio,

    YES: 71 Democrats and 4 Republicans
    NO: 2 Democrats and 57 Republicans

    Posted by: David | May 9, 2013 4:17:48 PM

  14. OMG I'm speechless!! And still at work. I'm gonna bawl my brains out in public!!

    Posted by: AJ | May 9, 2013 4:18:23 PM

  15. I had doubts earlier because prop banning same sex marriage was just a few months ago. WOW.

    Posted by: PE | May 9, 2013 4:18:39 PM

  16. Wonderful!

    Posted by: Matt26 | May 9, 2013 4:20:45 PM

  17. Wow! 75-59 is not even close!

    Posted by: Clayton | May 9, 2013 4:22:10 PM

  18. Congrats to our brothers and sisters in the Land of 10,000 lakes!!! Job well done!

    Posted by: Dave in PA | May 9, 2013 4:24:00 PM

  19. "...Opponents argued the bill would alter a centuries-old conception of marriage and leave those people opposed for religious reasons tarred as bigots..."

    "...Ahhh, but ya are Blanche. Ya are!"


    Centuries Old Conceptions?
    Why not Millenium Old Conceptions?

    Which would include biblical polygamy of biblical proportions

    ...and which are much, much older 'Conceptions'.

    Who drew their line?

    Posted by: francis | May 9, 2013 4:25:52 PM

  20. 4 Republican YES votes: Garofalo, Kieffer, FitzSimmons and Loon

    Posted by: MiddleoftheRoader | May 9, 2013 4:28:23 PM

  21. And to think, had the anti-gay bigots not tried to constitutionally ban equality in the state last fall, this wouldn't be happening right now. Not only did they lose on the constitutional amendment but they're going to lose completely on marriage in Minnesota. Unbelievable.

    The progress we've made globally, in the US, these last few weeks, months is just amazing to witness. Things are changing right before our eyes.

    Posted by: Francis #1 | May 9, 2013 4:31:01 PM

  22. Great news, and special kudos to the rep's in districts where their constituents won't be happy with the results. (The 4 Republicans and the Democrats in conservative areas.) They went out on a limb to do the right thing. The pro-equality speeches were fantastic. Almost there MN--#12. Pressure now on Illinois to be lucky #13.

    Posted by: Ernie | May 9, 2013 4:34:33 PM

  23. Tuned in just long enough to hear Kurt Daudt (R-St Paul) say "Some of my best friends are gay," just before voting "no". Why do bigots still think this is a good line?

    Posted by: Keppler | May 9, 2013 4:35:58 PM

  24. @Gregoire - Remember, though, that Bachmann barely squeaked by in her recent re-election campaign. The vote was 50.6% - 49.4%.

    Posted by: Rexford | May 9, 2013 4:36:37 PM

  25. Way to go...hoo hah...let's all eat corn, or soy beans, or wild rice...what's the State crop?

    Posted by: UFFDA | May 9, 2013 4:39:28 PM

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