Same-sex marriage debate, votes expected in days ahead

8:36 PM, May 8, 2013   |    comments
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ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Same-sex marriage supporters hold a prayer vigil in St. Paul on Wednesday night.

Minnesota United organized the gathering on the eve of a crucial vote at the State Capitol.

On Thursday at 12 p.m.,  the Minnesota House will begin debate on the bill that is calling to legalize same-sex marriage in the state.

As of Wednesday, the House Speaker has said the votes are there in the DFL controlled legislature to pass the measure. A vote is expected Thursday afternoon.

If the bill passes the Senate has already scheduled to debate and vote on it Monday morning.

If the bill passes the Senate it would then go the desk of Gov. Mark Dayton. Dayton would then have three days to sign the legislation or veto it.  Dayton says he will sign it if it comes to him.

If it clears those hurdles and is signed, same-sex marriage would be legal as of Aug. 1 in the state.

If it passes the House and Senate, Minnesota would be the 12th state to legalize same-sex marriage.

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