OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — The Washington state Senate passed a bill Wednesday night that would legalize same-sex marriage, setting the stage for the state to become the seventh to allow gay and lesbian couples to wed.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Groups supportive of a proposed amendment to the Minnesota constitution to ban gay marriage reported Tuesday they've raised over $1.2 million so far to try to persuade voters to approve the ballot measure in November, putting themselves on par with amendment opponents for now.
Gay-rights activists Kitty Lambert and Cheryle Rudd were legally married the very first moment they could be during a midnight ceremony at Niagara Falls that ushered in same-sex marriage in the state and marked a pivotal moment in the national drive for recognition.
Gov. Mark Dayton says he opposes outlawing gay marriage in the Minnesota Constitution "with every fiber of my being" and believes an amendment to do so will be defeated if it ends up on the statewide ballot.
The state Senate on Wednesday approved a statewide vote in 2012 on a gay marriage ban in the Minnesota Constitution, pushing forward what's expected to be a contentious debate over the definition of legal unions.
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The three-minute clip, initially posted by the video news outfit The UpTake, shows the St. Louis Park Democrat speaking at a Capitol hearing on Monday on the push by legislative Republicans to put the question to a statewide vote in 2012.
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