Minnesota Senate Votes to Legalize Gay Marriage

Posted at: 05/13/2013 9:56 PM
Updated at: 05/13/2013 10:12 PM
By: Brianna Long

(ABC 6 News) -- It was a historic day in Minnesota. Monday afternoon the state senate joined house lawmakers and voted to legalize same sex marriage. With a vote of 37 to 30, Minnesota will soon become the 12th state in the country to legalize gay marriage.

From singing, to prayers, emotions were running high at the state capitol Monday with people on both sides of the gay marriage debate.

"Marriage equality is so important. Not only for individuals but for families. We need to make sure that everybody is created equal under the law," said supporter Will Morrison.

"One man and one woman make a marriage and nothing other than that," said opponent Fred Thoni.

For more than four hours, senators debated the bill.

"I respectfully ask this body to go against the bill," stated one senator.

First, they voted to adopt the language of the House version which passed last week. Then, discussion on two amendments: one would have expanded the religious protections already in the bill.

The other, to keep terms like mother and father in the law. Both of those amendments failed. Eventually, coming down to a 37 to 30 vote in favor of same sex marriage. It was a bill that seemed to come down to human rights versus religious freedom.

"There are those out there that are afraid to be who they really are because they may be discriminated against," said another senator.

"It was section six that actually now prohibits those religious exemptions that everyone thought was so important in the bill, but it prohibits those organizations like social workers if they receive public funds," said Senator Carla Nelson.  

It all ended with a historic day in Minnesota.