Minnesota on the verge of becoming 12th state to embrace marriage equality

By Eric W. Dolan
Thursday, May 9, 2013 16:43 EDT
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The Minnesota House on Thursday afternoon approved legislation to legalize same-sex marriage, moving the state one step closer to embracing marriage equality.

The state House voted 75-59 to extend the freedom to marry to same-sex couples with just two weeks left in the 2012 legislative session. The state Senate is expected to pass the bill on Monday, and Gov. Mark Dayton (D) said he will sign the bill into law.

Minnesota would be the first in the Midwest to approve legislation that allowed same-sex couples to officially tie the knot. Another state in the Midwest, Iowa, permits same-sex marriage due to a court ruling.

Delaware and Rhode Island have also approved same-sex marriage in the past week.

Minnesota voters in November rejected a proposed constitutional amendment that would have defined marriage as solely the union of one man and one woman.

The YouTube account for the Minnesota House uploaded video on Thursday highlighting the history of the legislation. Watch below:

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Eric W. Dolan
Eric W. Dolan
Eric W. Dolan has served as an editor for Raw Story since August 2010, and is based out of Sacramento, California. He grew up in the suburbs of Chicago and received a Bachelor of Science from Bradley University. Eric is also the publisher and editor of PsyPost. You can follow him on Twitter @ewdolan.
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