The Minnesota House of Representatives approved a bill legalizing marriage equality Wednesday afternoon by a vote of 75-59, earning “aye” votes from two Republicans. The bill will likely be heard by the full state Senate next week.
The legislation, House File 1054, provides for marriage between any two adults, but would not require religious institutions or individuals to perform or recognize same-sex marriages.
“In Minnesota, we don’t turn our backs on family,” said out lesbian Rep. and bill sponsor Karen Clark during the three-hour debate, during which supporters and opponents could be heard chanting outside the closed chamber doors.
Governor Mark Dayton has promised to sign the bill if it reaches his desk