Minnesota House passes same-sex marriage bill, governor expected to sign

Same-sex marriage

 

Minnesota is set to become the 12th state to legalize same-sex marriage after the Minnesota State House voted to allow marriage equality.

After the Democratic controlled Houseapproved the measure by a 75-59 vote, mostly along party-lines, the measured passed clearing the way for Minnesota to add their name to the growing list of states that support marriage equality. The issue of same-sex marriage had been debated over the last few months, but started to gain more support as time went on. The bill now heads to the state Senate where it’s expected to pass fairly easily. Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton was a strong supporter of marriage equality and stated that if the bill reached his desk, he would sign it into law.

The bills sponsor, Democrat Rep. Karen Clark, was extremely vocal as the bill was being debated on the House floor.

“This is a historic day for Minnesota, freedom means freedom for everyone.”

Republican Rep. Tony Cornish was not as satisfied with the vote, making sure to let everyone know that it had nothing to do with the fact that he wasn’t a homophobe.

“I am not a homophobe or a Neanderthal or a hater, my constituents back home the majority of them wanted me to vote that way.”

Over the last few weeks, Delaware and Rhode Island legalized same-sex marriage, continuing the growing trend of same-sex marriage become the law of the land. After President Obama openly supported same-sex marriage one year ago, many Democrats have followed in his footsteps, opening the door for acceptance and equality to come pushing through.

Thank you to the Examiner for this article.

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