Watch LIVE: Minnesota Senate Vote on Marriage Equality


UPDATE: The bill passes! Minnesota will be the 12th state with marriage equality!

The Minnesota Senate is set to debate and vote on a marriage equality bill beginning at 12 pm (1 pm ET) today.

Watch (opens in a new window), AFTER THE JUMP...

The House passed the bill last week in a 75-59 vote and Governor Mark Dayton has said he will sign the bill.

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  1. Fingers crossed with a heart full of hope and the belief that our better angels will emerge to win this fight.

    Posted by: jamal49 | May 13, 2013 11:44:40 AM

  2. Getting nervous here in Rochester, MN. Optimistic, but still nervous...

    Posted by: Don | May 13, 2013 11:48:36 AM

  3. Very nervous..they say they have the votes..but I'll keeping my fingers crossed before then.
    It can only lose if the Democrats don't show spines..simple as that.

    Posted by: Kevin | May 13, 2013 12:15:43 PM

  4. the world is watching, i only hope the scotus is too.

    Posted by: bandanajack | May 13, 2013 12:43:53 PM

  5. Senator Warren Limmer is an idiot. All marriages are civil marriages. You aren't married when you say I do in a church you are married when you sign a marriage license.

    Posted by: Derrick | May 13, 2013 1:34:56 PM

  6. Thank you Senator Ron Latz for speaking reason to that idiot.

    Posted by: Derrick | May 13, 2013 1:36:44 PM

  7. How many times do they have to say there are religious exemptions before it gets into that balding head of yours Limmer?!!

    Posted by: Derrick | May 13, 2013 1:38:44 PM

  8. Limmer is just filling airtime it would seem (like most Republicans). They know full well that they are talking crap but they like to drag it out and make the Democrats scrabble around for statistics to irrelevant questions.

    Posted by: Max | May 13, 2013 1:39:50 PM

  9. The problem isn't that the bill can be fixed.
    The problem is that Limmer wouldn't be satisfied with a marriage bill unless it let everyone and anyone deny services to gay couples.

    ...of course, he also is unsatisfied by the bill altogether.

    Posted by: Mike8787 | May 13, 2013 1:48:47 PM

  10. 'A contrary opinion' ... otherwise known as marketplace discrimination, Limmer.

    Dibble got it. Human rights guaranteed by civil law.

    Reps Latz & Cohen, Thanks for the rational explanations.

    Posted by: JONES | May 13, 2013 1:50:41 PM

  11. A clear win Derrick. Exactly.

    Posted by: J. Leo | May 13, 2013 1:54:04 PM

  12. Gazelka reading the Limmer amendment is asking for licensed discrimination. 'Private' persons.

    This roll call will be critical.

    Posted by: JONES | May 13, 2013 2:03:05 PM

  13. Senator Branden Petersen (a Republican) just put lying Republicans Limmer and Gazelka in their spots. Yay!

    Thanks, Sen. Petersen!

    Posted by: El | May 13, 2013 2:06:16 PM

  14. The spread of gay marriage is a beautiful thing. You're married but not everyone will agree so go forward with what you have as you're not going to win everyone over and if they don't agree, that doesn't make them idiots. Namecalling is what they do, not us.

    Posted by: Cd in DC | May 13, 2013 2:06:43 PM

  15. Rep Petersen tells Gazelka & Limmer your argument is 'simply not true'.
    Thank you, sir.

    Dibble, explaining marketplace discrimination.

    These arguments may seem repetitive but I'm glad to see them offered and well refuted.

    Limmer just refuses to understand that 'violation of conscience' is asking for enfranchising discrimination.

    Posted by: JONES | May 13, 2013 2:16:32 PM

  16. Sen Torres Ray read Limmer.
    Thanks you, Ma'am.

    Posted by: JONES | May 13, 2013 2:24:22 PM

  17. Watching the Gazelka amendment, what a load of crap.

    Posted by: BobC562 | May 13, 2013 2:24:23 PM

  18. Latz. Love him.

    Posted by: JONES | May 13, 2013 2:28:04 PM

  19. Watching the live debate, I have to say: Minnesotans seem like incredibly decent people. Even their haters seem nice.

    Posted by: Adam Sank | May 13, 2013 2:28:08 PM

  20. Latz is just awesome. I love the cocky smirk he gave before addressing the amendment.

    Posted by: Derrick | May 13, 2013 2:29:02 PM

  21. The inanity of this argument is mind numbing. I think I'll just run down to the Mormon Church and demand that they marry me and my hedgehog. Seriously, is there some stampede of Zoroastrians and Cylons demanding to be married in Orthodox churches? Who believes this nonsense?

    Posted by: melvin | May 13, 2013 2:30:03 PM

  22. The Republican plea for freedom to discriminate is making religion look really bad.

    Posted by: Dastius Krazitauc | May 13, 2013 2:32:19 PM

  23. Any re-thug-lican who claims "deeply held religious principles" for a basis to be anti-Gay is full of crap. This is the same nonsense they used to defend Jim Crow laws.

    People: repeat after me: Marriage equality does not impact the free exercise of religion for anyone, unless you are compelled to conduct the ceremony as a religious minister (a group already protected). Selling flowers or renting space does not force you to believe in marriage for same sex couples.

    Unless these bigoted thugs would also refuse service to a Hindu or Buddhist couple, or a divorced couple, then they are full of bull puckey.

    Posted by: Gary47290 | May 13, 2013 2:35:07 PM

  24. Now Limmer gripes about a boycott. What happened to my freedom of association?

    And right on cue, he brings up the florist cow here in Richland who violated WA law. btw, she is held in extremely low regard for taking their money for years and then refusing to do the wedding.

    Posted by: melvin | May 13, 2013 2:37:00 PM

  25. Limmers argument is the preamble to the huge 'theocracy' battle that's coming.

    Posted by: JONES | May 13, 2013 2:37:20 PM

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