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MN House Passes Vote on Gay Marriage Today

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UPDATE: As of Thursday at 3:14 PM

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - Minnesota is positioned to become the 12th state to approve gay marriages following a historic vote in the state House.
The 75-59 vote Thursday was seen as pivotal for the measure, which would allow same-sex weddings beginning Aug. 1. It's a startling shift in the state, where just six months earlier voters turned back an effort to ban them in the Minnesota Constitution.
The Senate is expected to pass the bill next week, and Gov. Mark Dayton has said he'll sign it.
Eleven other states allow gay marriages - including Rhode Island and Delaware, which approved laws in the past week. Minnesota would be the first state in the Midwest to pass the measure out of the Legislature. Iowa allows gay marriages because of a 2009 court ruling.




ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - The Minnesota House is getting ready to vote on whether gay couples should be allowed to get married in the state. 

Debate on the House floor is scheduled to start in the early afternoon Thursday. It could bring thousands to the Capitol, after both supporters and opponents of gay marriage urged their allies to descend on St. Paul. 

Extra security officers are patrolling Minnesota's Capitol as the House debates the highly-charged issue of legalizing gay marriage. 

State lawmakers have been advised that 30 to 40 additional uniformed officers will be on hand to maintain a safe environment during debate Thursday. Thousands of people are expected to be on the Capitol grounds while the House weighs the gay marriage bill. 

A memo from House leaders on the stepped-up presence says the gallery overlooking the floor will be restricted more than usual, and guest passes for floor access won't be allowed.

DFL leaders in the House say they have the votes to pass the bill. If it's successful, the Senate is scheduled to vote on the bill on Monday. Governor Mark Dayton says he will sign the bill, which would allow weddings between same-sex couples starting on August 1.

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