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Queer Talk: More Steps Toward Marriage Equality in Minnesota

Minnesota moves closer on marriage equality.

Minnesota moves closer on marriage equality.

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.

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4 Responses to Queer Talk: More Steps Toward Marriage Equality in Minnesota

  1. Taylor Marsh May 7, 2013 at 3:25 pm #

    Did you read HotAir on this one? The last paragraph over there is classic.

    Keep ‘em comin’!

    • Joyce Arnold May 7, 2013 at 4:18 pm #

      “Classic” describes it …

  2. fairmindedindependent May 7, 2013 at 3:46 pm #

    Great News, Joyce. I am sure Congresswoman Michelle Bachmann won’t be happy and she will have to keep a closer eye on Marcus Bachmann, sorry I had to add that. I think southern Delaware is conservative and northern Delaware is more moderate to liberal especially in and around the Wilmington area. I am sure it will pass in Delaware. I hope for states to be added to that list. Its looking like Pennsylvania will be last on the Gay Marriage list in that region.

    • Joyce Arnold May 7, 2013 at 4:20 pm #

      It is great news, fairminded. Delaware sounds hopeful, and even with problems in Illinois, there’s progress being made there, too.

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