Minnesota moves toward gay marriage law

Minnesota senators will likely give the final stamp of legislative approval on Monday to a same-sex marriage bill, the twelfth state in the nation to pass the law.

Democrats have a 39-28 majority in the Senate and have stated support for its passage. Last Thursday, the House gave the measure heavy scrutiny, but ultimately voted in its favor, 75-59, NBC reported.

If the governor signs it — and Gov. Mark Dayton is on record saying he would — then Minnesota would become the 12th state to approve gay marriage and the third just this month, on the heels of Rhode Island and Delaware, NBC said. Only one other state in the Midwest allows gay marriage — Iowa, since 2009.

The vote in Minnesota shows an abrupt turnaround from just two years ago, when Republicans controlled both chambers.

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