Gay Marriage Bill Passes House, Senate Vote is Monday

Posted at: 05/09/2013 7:38 PM
By: Katie Eldred

(ABC 6 News) -- It's been a wild 7 months. After becoming close to banning gay marriage in November the state is now one senate vote away from gay marriage being legalized.

Both supporters and opponents stood outside the house doors all day Thursday waiting for the vote. Their chanting and cheering could be heard all through the debate. Both sides emotions clearly showing the significance of this vote.

For supporters this is a vote they've been waiting a lifetime for.

“I’ve been hoping and praying that Joseph and I who have been together for 20 years could get married in our home state,” said Bob Werner of Rochester.

For opponents the issue is just as important.

“It represents more of an abolition of marriage because marriage wouldn’t mean as much,” said Kris Engel of Bloomington.

The house debated for three hours on the same sex marriage bill. Supports argued that they were voting for what is right.

“I think what we’re asking for is a basic right,” said Karen Clark.

Opponents said they would be voting according to their beliefs and that now is not the right time for this debate.

“What we learned in November is that more than anything this is an issue that divides Minnesota,” said house minority leader Rep. Kurt Daudt.

Overall the discussion was respectful and civil. It ended with  a 75 to 59 vote in passing the bill that would legalize same sex marriage.

“It’s been an emotional day and a historic day and I was glad that I could cast a yes vote,” said Rep. Tina Liebling.

There was overwhelming excitement from those waiting for a vote in their favor.

“So much hope and so much joy,” said Werner.

The bill will be on the senate floor on Monday. Governor Dayton has said that he will sign the bill if it lands on his desk.