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Minnesota Same-Sex Marriage Bill Update

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UPDATE May 7, 2013, 7:14:

A vote on legalizing same-sex marriage in Minnesota could come later this week.

The Senate Finance Committee is set to review the bill this morning. A house committee approved it last night.

Dozens of protestors rallied at the capitol yesterday hoping to slow the bills progress.

The bill came up for a final committee review after a fiscal analysis found legalizing gay marriage would add small costs to state employee health insurance but also generate revenue from an expected spike in marriage licenses.

May 6, 2013:

The bill to make same-sex marriage legal in Minnesota is getting a last-minute committee hearing in the Minnesota House. 

The House Ways and Means Committee is scheduled to review the legislation Monday after a state analysis showed a small impact on Minnesota's general fund.

The analysis by Minnesota's budget office predicts that if gay marriage becomes legal, 114 state employees would enroll in state benefits for their married partners.

That would cost the state about $688,000 a year.

But it would be partly offset by about $190,000 from same-sex couples buying marriage licenses. 

Lawmakers have not formally acted on the gay marriage bill since it passed a pair of committees in March.

But a vote in the full House or Senate could happen as early as this week.

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