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Same Sex Marriage Passes In MN House

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Minnesota could be the first Midwestern state to legalize same sex marriage with legislation.


This followed the state's House of Representatives vote to allow the practice and now the measure heads to the Senate for consideration.


The house passed the measure 75 to 59, inching closer and closer to becoming a law.


Right now, 11 states and the District of Columbia allow same sex marriage practices.


The issue has been on Minnesota’s radar for quite some time and it's seeking lots of attention.


Hundreds of people packed the Minnesota Capitol Thursday, protesters from both sides of the same-sex marriage debate.


With a sticky issue, moving its way through Minnesota legislation, protestors were seen standing side-by-side with signs saying  "I support the freedom to Marry," and "vote No."


"It’s wrong, marriage is between a man and a woman," said Korth.


Bill Korth has been a Luverne resident for 15 years; he said he disagrees with the measure, despite growing times and younger generations accepting changes to marriage unions.


“We’ve become too sympathetic toward everything but what's right and in my opinion same sex marriage is not right," said Korth.


"I have no problems with same sex marriage," said Barrow.


Keri Barrow, an Orthodontist who practices at a Dentist office in Luverne, said society views are changing in the right direction and she's looking forward to what's in store for the future of marriage.


“In 2013, I think that marriage should be between people that love each other, not necessarily a man and a woman," said Barrow.


“If I were to get married, I would want a husband so he could be the protector, the provider," said Xaisongkham.


Kimberly Xaisongkham grew up in Luverne and is a personal trainer.


Although, she wants a husband one day, she said other peoples' wants and needs are their business and said she's noticed older generations being quick to judge.


“Our younger years, they're kind of more laid back, relaxed, mellow, chill," said Xaisongkham.


For Korth, he said he knows people who are openly gay, but still does not support same sex marriage.

Despite his opinion, he believes lawmakers will turn the measure into a law.


Right now, Iowa is the only Midwestern state to legalize same sex marriage, which became a law in 2009, by a state Supreme Court decision.


The measure is now headed to the state's democratic-majority senate for consideration on Monday.

The Governor, also a Democrat, has said he will sign the bill if it passes.

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