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Published May 09, 2013, 03:32 PM

Minnesota one step closer to allowing gay marriage

Minnesota is likely to become the 12th state in the nation to approve gay marriage. The Minnesota House voted 75 to 59 Thursday afternoon for a measure that allows same-sex weddings.

Minnesota is likely to become the 12th state in the nation to approve gay marriage. The Minnesota House voted 75 to 59 Thursday afternoon for a measure that allows same-sex weddings. The state senate is expected to pass the bill next week. Governor Mark Dayton has already said he will sign it.

Just six months ago voters turned back an effort to ban gay marriages in the Minnesota constitution. 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. Rhode Island and Delaware approved laws allowing gay marriage in just the past week.

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