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MN Senate passes gay marriage bill

ST. PAUL, Minn. (FOX 47) -- 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.

"With just a few words, we have the ability to bring families across Minnesota into the full sunshine of equality and freedom," said the bill's sponsor, Sen. Scott Dibble, a Minneapolis Democrat.

 The measure would grant "civil marriages" to both opposite-sex and same-sex couples starting Aug. 1, making Minnesota the 12th state to legalize gay marriage and the first in the Midwest to pass such a measure out of its legislature. Iowa allows gay weddings due to a 2009 court ruling.


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