Minnesota House to vote on marriage equality bill

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The Minnesota House of Representatives has announced that HF1054, which would extend civil marriage to same-sex couples, will get a floor vote on May 9.

House leaders have repeatedly said that the bill would not be brought to the floor without the 68 votes needed for passage.

If the measure passes in the House, a final vote would be needed on the Senate floor.

“Thursday’s vote in the Minnesota House of Representatives will be a historic victory for thousands of same-sex couples and families in our state,” Minnesotans United campaign manager Richard Carlbom said in a news release May 7. “We are confident that the necessary votes to extend the freedom to marry for same-sex couples have been secured and that HF1054 will pass the House floor.

He continued, “The Minnesota House of Representatives is now poised to make Minnesota the next state to grant civil marriage to same-sex couples and their families by affirming what we already know to be true: Marriage is about the love, commitment, and responsibility that two people share, and it is a basic freedom that should no longer be denied to some simply because of who they are.”

Gov. Mark Dayton supports the measure.