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The media surrounds Sen. Scott Dibble of Minneapolis Tuesday, May 7, after his bill to allow same-sex marriage passed its final committee. Forum News Service photo by Don Davis

Minnesota Legislature poised for gay marriage votes


ST. PAUL -- Gay marriage supporters feel victory in the air.

Their confidence is high as Minnesota state representatives plan to vote on overturning an existing same-sex marriage ban on Thursday, with senators following in a few days.

"We've felt pretty good in the Senate for a long time," bill sponsor Scott Dibble, DFL-Minneapolis, said after the Senate Finance Committee on Tuesday passed his measure on a split voice vote.

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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.