UPDATE: Minn. Senate OKs Gay Marriage; Governor to Sign

UPDATED Monday, May 13, 2012 --- 4:24 p.m.

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) -- The Minnesota Senate has voted to legalize gay marriage, putting the state on the brink of becoming the 12th to allow same-sex couples to marry.

Monday's vote sends the bill to Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton, who has promised to sign and could do so Tuesday.

The state Senate voted 37-30 to pass the bill. The bill passed the House last week. It allows same-sex weddings beginning Aug. 1.

With Dayton's signature, Minnesota would be the first Midwestern state where elected representatives voted directly to allow gay marriage. Iowa has had gay marriage since 2009, but that was due to a court ruling.

Just six months ago, Minnesota voters rejected an effort to ban gay marriage in the state constitution.

Copyright 2013: Associated Press

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Posted Thursday, May 9, 2013 --- 3:16 p.m.

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) -- Minnesota is positioned to become the 12th state to approve gay marriages following a historic vote in the state House.

The 75-59 vote Thursday was seen as pivotal for the measure, which would allow same-sex weddings beginning Aug. 1. It's a startling shift in the state, where just six months earlier voters turned back an effort to ban them in the Minnesota Constitution.

The Senate is expected to pass the bill next week, and Gov. Mark Dayton has said he'll sign it.

Eleven other states allow gay marriages -- including Rhode Island and Delaware, which approved laws in the past week. Minnesota would be the first state in the Midwest to pass the measure out of the Legislature. Iowa allows gay marriages because of a 2009 court ruling.

Copyright 2013: Associated Press


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