Updated: 05/13/2013 4:48 PM KSTP.com By: Scott Theisen
A festive mood among gay marriage supporters took hold at the state Capitol as a bill to legalize it neared its final hurdle.
Hundreds of proponents arrived Monday hours before a state Senate vote. They lined the Capitol steps with cut-out hearts to create a path to the building for lawmakers.
A more solemn display was put forth by gay marriage opponents. One man placed a tombstone on the front lawn with the words "R.I.P. MARRIAGE 2013."
But that man, computer consultant Don Lee, of Eagan, said he fully expected the bill to pass.
The senate passed the bill by a vote of 37-30 late in the afternoon. It now heads to Gov. Mark Dayton, who said he will sign it in a ceremony on the Capitol steps on Tuesday.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.