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They taped blue and orange hearts on the Capitol steps, creating a path into the building for lawmakers with the signature colors of their movement. In the rotunda, demonstrators sang songs including “Over the Rainbow,” ”Going to the Chapel” and “The Star-Spangled Banner.”

St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman ordered the Wabasha Street Bridge near downtown festooned in rainbow-striped gay pride flags, and temporarily renamed it the “Freedom to Marry Bridge.” He also proclaimed it “Freedom to Marry Week.”

Minnesota’s most famous opponent of gay marriage also weighed in. U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann, an ardent supporter of banning gay marriage when she served in the state Senate, released a statement expressing disappointment in a vote she said “denies religious liberty to people who believe in traditional marriage.”

Jessica Flatequal and Maria Bevacqua, a lesbian couple from Mankato who have been together for a decade, were jubilant after the vote, as supporters spilled out of the front of the Capitol.

“We’re excited to become equal citizens under the law,” said Bevacqua, a professor at Minnesota State University-Mankato. Asked whether they would get married, both women laughed.

“Well, neither of us proposed today,” Flatequal said. “But now that’s going to be part of the discussion. It’s weird, actually.”