In Minnesota, two more steps toward marriage equality have been taken. Today, the Minnesota Senate Finance Committee voted to advance the legislation. That followed last night’s affirmative vote by the Minnesota House Ways & Means Committee.
The votes, both by voice, mean that the Senate and House are ready for a floor vote.
From Zack Ford, at Think Progress:
Senate Majority Leader Tom Bakk (DFL) said last week that he thinks the Senate has the necessary votes to pass it. House Speaker Paul Thissen (DFL) suggested he wouldn’t schedule a House vote unless it was sure to pass, and just this morning, the House Democratic Caucus announced it was scheduling a floor vote for Thursday. According to House Majority Leader Erin Murphy, “˜We are confident that we have the votes to pass it.’ Depending on how soon the Senate schedules its vote, Minnesota could pass marriage equality before the end of the week.
Also today, a possibly close marriage equality vote is expected in Delaware, though equality proponents have expressed confidence. In case of a tie vote, Lieutenant Gov. Matt Denn says he will vote in support, and Gov. Jack Markell says he’ll sign it into law.