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MN Lawmakers Prepare Vote On Gay Marriage



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Democrats who lead the Minnesota Senate are predicting victory for a measure that would make the state the 12th in the nation to allow gay marriage.


The Senate was scheduled to open debate on the bill at noon Monday, then vote. The House approved it last week, and Gov. Mark Dayton has said he'll sign it as early as Tuesday.


Supporters of gay marriage taped blue and orange hearts to the Capitol steps, creating a path for lawmakers. A choir sang as hundreds of people gathered on the Capitol grounds.


Sen. Scott Dibble, the sponsor of the measure, told the crowd, "This is your day."


Minnesota would be the first Midwestern state to approve gay marriage out of its Legislature. Iowa allows it due to a court ruling.

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