When the DFL
retook the Senate and House in MN last November, amidst the defeat of a referendum
to enshrine marriage as one man/one woman in the Minnesota Constitution, there was a lot of speculation what would happen next.
Last night bills passed out of committees
on both the MN House and Senate (party line votes of 10-7 and 5-3) that would ensure marriage equality for same sex couples. It is now expected to reach the floor after budget bills and votes are presented and voted on.
Final passage, while probable, is not guaranteed as some rural DFLers
(in the Senate especially) are likely to oppose the bill. There is conversely, at least on Republican Senator, Branden Petersen
, co-sponsoring the marriage equality measures). The DFL Gov (Mark Dayton) has indicated he would sign
the measure if it reached his desk. Marriage equality could well come to Minnesota by August of 2013
posted by edgeways
on Mar 13, 2013 -