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The two sides of a same-sex marriage debate chanted peacefully next to each other Thursday, May 9, next to the Minnesota House chambers. Forum News Service photo by Don Davis

Minnesota House approves gay marriage; Schoen supports, McNamara opposes

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ST. PAUL -- Minnesota is a vote and a signature away from becoming the 12th state to allow gay marriage.

The House voted 75-59 today to eliminate an existing gay-marriage ban in state law. A Senate vote comes Monday and Gov. Mark Dayton says he will sign the bill.


Even Republicans who oppose gay marriage say Senate support for the bill is even stronger than in the House.

The vote caps years of attempts to allow same-sex marriages.

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Don Davis
Don Davis has been the Forum Communications Minnesota Capitol Bureau chief since 2001, covering state government and politics for two dozen newspapers in the state. Don also blogs at Capital Chatter on Areavoices.