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Both sides of the gay marriage debate gather outside the Minnesota House chambers Thursday, May 9, 2013, for a historic debate on the issue. (Don Davis / Forum News Service)

Minnesota House approves same-sex marriage

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ST. PAUL — Minnesota is a vote and a signature away from becoming the 12th state to allow same-sex marriage.

The House voted, 75-59, today to eliminate an existing gay-marriage ban in state law. A Senate vote comes Monday and Gov. Mark Dayton says he will sign the bill.


Republicans who oppose gay marriage say Senate support for the bill is even stronger than in the House.

The vote caps years of attempts to allow same-sex marriages.

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Don Davis
Don Davis has been the Forum Communications Minnesota Capitol Bureau chief since 2001, covering state government and politics for two dozen newspapers in the state. Don also blogs at Capital Chatter on Areavoices.