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Watch LIVE: Minnesota House Vote on Marriage Equality

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UPDATE: The House has approved the bill in a 75-59 vote!

The Minnesota House of Representatives is set to vote on marriage equality starting at 12 pm (1 pm ET) today. If the bill is passed by the House, the Senate could get it as early as this weekend.

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Security has been heightened at the Capitol:

State lawmakers have been advised that 30 to 40 additional uniformed officers will be on hand to maintain a safe environment during debate Thursday. Thousands of people are expected to be on the Capitol grounds while the House weighs the gay marriage bill. Signs posted at entrances warn that the building will be closed to new visitors upon hitting capacity. A state security official says that will be determined on the size and tenor of the crowd.

Read our latest updates on the bill HERE and HERE.

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  1. Just get to the vote already! Like Delaware two days ago,everyone's mind is made up at this point.
    You are yes or no.

    Posted by: Kevin | May 9, 2013 2:39:27 PM


  2. Moran got it.
    Basic human rights
    No compromise in equality

    Thanks you

    Posted by: JONES | May 9, 2013 2:43:06 PM


  3. This hysterical historical moment. Bless her heart!

    Posted by: MN Gregory | May 9, 2013 2:44:32 PM


  4. Using the latest person's argument,divorce should be banned as well and any person who loses their spouse should be forced to remarry.

    Posted by: Kevin | May 9, 2013 2:52:50 PM


  5. Using the latest person's argument,divorce should be banned as well and any person who loses their spouse should be forced to remarry.

    Posted by: Kevin | May 9, 2013 2:52:51 PM


  6. Marriage has always been a civil institution. People couldn't separate the simple fact that there has always been civil marriage as opposed to religious marriage. They instantly think of marriage being in a church and freak out

    Posted by: Anthony | May 9, 2013 3:06:06 PM


  7. I don't know what it's bending toward, but it sure as hell is long.

    Posted by: melvin | May 9, 2013 3:11:03 PM


  8. Love Persell

    Acknowledged Moran
    Cherishes his Grandkids
    Has faith not blinded by organized religion
    Do justice
    It's about liberty

    Posted by: JONES | May 9, 2013 3:14:08 PM


  9. Rep Faust

    'The Bible' is the source of objection.
    'Imposing our religious beliefs on others.'
    'The courage to make this struggle'

    He made me tear up.

    I'm loving most of the Minn supporter stories.

    Posted by: JONES | May 9, 2013 3:22:04 PM


  10. Rep. Tim Faust just gave one of the most amazing speeches I've heard in support of equality. Wow.

    Posted by: Francis #1 | May 9, 2013 3:22:33 PM


  11. God.......every single one of them is going to speak? Aren't they? *hits head off desk*

    Posted by: Max | May 9, 2013 3:22:53 PM


  12. Something tells me this lady with the big blond hair isn't really doing much "wrestling" with this issue.

    Posted by: Dastius Krazitauc | May 9, 2013 3:23:44 PM


  13. Is Blondie carryin' a baby or a tumor?

    Posted by: Dagwood | May 9, 2013 3:26:22 PM


  14. @Max -- Yup. All 131 one of them are going to speak. They're politicians. They think they're all real special.

    Posted by: Gigi | May 9, 2013 3:29:42 PM


  15. The pro-equality speeches have been so beautiful and heartfelt, many from people who probably or certainly would not have been equality supporters not long ago. Very moving.

    Too bad we have to suffer through the religious zealots and blond bimbos to hear the good ones!

    Posted by: Ernie | May 9, 2013 3:30:37 PM


  16. 'Big blond hair' used every scare tactic story line from the AFA playbook. Marriage will become genderless. NO.
    Marriage will now be available (under law) to all those who desire it.

    11 year old ....
    Nobody says you have to give up either a Mom or a Dad.

    Posted by: JONES | May 9, 2013 3:34:08 PM


  17. This is the story that Rep Radinovich referred to:

    http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/05/09/politics/radinovich-same-sex-marriage

    We need to let Radinovich know that we value his support. He is making the courageous choice to vote his conscience, rather than cave to political expediency.

    Posted by: Lars | May 9, 2013 3:43:11 PM


  18. "Good people on both sides"

    Yeah, well, there sure are some cold-hearted anti-gay schmucks on the opposition side too. The things things they say, while claiming to be respectful.

    Posted by: Dastius Krazitauc | May 9, 2013 3:46:15 PM


  19. Does anyone else get a gay vibe from Minority Leader Daudt?

    Posted by: Lars | May 9, 2013 3:52:43 PM


  20. Does anyone else get a gay vibe from Minority Leader Daudt?

    Posted by: Lars | May 9, 2013 3:52:43 PM


  21. Radinovich needs to tell his constituents that he cannot in good conscience deny a minority group their civil rights even if they want him to. They shouldn't even have to be voted on at all. Get them to understand that it is about civil rights.

    To Daudt ... those gay friends of yours ... et tu Brute?

    Posted by: JONES | May 9, 2013 3:56:10 PM



  22. The Minnesota House really held a dignified, respectful debate. Minnesota Nice. #mnleg #mnmarriage

    Posted by: Kyle | May 9, 2013 4:01:23 PM



  23. The Minnesota House really held a dignified, respectful debate. Minnesota Nice. #mnleg #mnmarriage

    Posted by: Kyle | May 9, 2013 4:01:41 PM


  24. They won!

    Posted by: JONES | May 9, 2013 4:05:05 PM


  25. 75 YES, marriage equality in Minnesota!!!!!!!

    Posted by: Francis #1 | May 9, 2013 4:05:27 PM


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