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It looks like Delaware will be 11 and Minnesota will be 12. At which point, we will be at the rough quarter mark for marriage equality in the United States. The Minnesota House of Representatives has announced that HF1054, or the civil marriage to same-sex couples, bill will have a floor vote on 9 May.
This means that the bill has enough votes to pass since House leaders have stated repeatedly that the bill will not come to the floor without the needed 68 votes to pass. The bill will include strong protections regarding religious freedom.
Minnesota United Campaign Manager Richard Carlbom stated “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. 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. 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.”
The Senate will likely vote on the bill shortly thereafter, and passage in both chambers would then send the bill to Governor Mark Dayton, who has stated that he will sign the law.
This past November, Minnesota United lead the campaign to stop an amendment that would have defined marriage as being between a man and a woman in Minnesota. That amendment failed at a time when Maryland and Washington State upheld their marriage equality laws at the ballot box and Maine became the first state to vote a marriage equality bill into law.