UPDATE: Minnesota Senate Approves Same-Sex Marriage Bill, Governor Will Sign

Legislation to allow gay marriage in the state cleared its final hurdle Monday, May 13. With Gov. Mark Dayton expected to sign the bill as soon as tomorrow, Minnesota will become the 12th state in the country to allow same-sex couples to marry.

The Minnesota Senate approved H.F. 1054 Monday, May 13, clearing the way for Minnesota same-sex couples to marry in the state.

The 37 to 30 vote, which was seen as the last hurdle for the legislation, makes Minnesota the 12th in the United States to recognize same-sex marriages in state law. Gov. Mark Dayton's office announced a signing ceremony set for 5 p.m. Tuesday, May 14. 

Democrats, known locally as the DFL party, hold a 39-28 advantage in the Minnesota Senate.  

Debate began shortly after noon Monday, with the Republican Party introducing a pair of amendments to the bill, both of which were voted down by state Democrats, who control the Senate. It quickly moved to speeches invoking personal feelings and relationships surrounding the House bill.

“We have the another opportunity today to step into the bright sunshine of civil rights,” said Sen. Ron Latz, a DFLer from St. Louis Park. Marriage, he added, is a civil contract, not merely an event based on religious ceremony.

Sen. Scott Dibble, who sponsored the Senate’s version of the bill and allowed his file to by replaced by the language of H.F. 1054, said he understood the argument would be extensive, and discussion lasted more than three and a half hours.

His co-author on the Senate bill, Sen. Teri Bonoff, (DFL, Minnetonka) said she comes from a district divided but was voting yes. 

“I’m standing here for my family, for my friends, for constituents—but really people all over the state, all over the country and even around the world. Because this conversation we’re having today is not an isolated conversation. In chambers like ours around the country—and in places around the world—these same conversations are taking place.”

The bill, however, put those who do not approve of homosexuality and gay marriage in a poor position, said Burnsville Sen. Dan Hall.

“God help us all,” he said.

Republican Branden Petersen of Andover, a Republican who supported the bill, was given one of the privileged final speaking positions.

Petersen said if he didn’t support the bill “I couldn't wake up in the morning, look myself in the mirror & say I'm honestly doing the work that I need to do."

Original story: History makes its way to the Minnesota State Senate today as a bill allowing the state to sanction same-sex marriages, making Minnesota the 12th state in the nation allowing "gay marriage," comes to the floor at noon. 

The State Senate will begin its debate and hold an eventual vote on the same bill that cleared the State House last week, H.F. 1054. The bill was cleared by the Senate General as a substitute for S.F. 925, and will include the same amendments it carried after Thursday's historic 72-59 vote in the House. 

If approved, Gov. Mark Dayton said he will sign the bill into law, and the law would take affect on Aug. 1 of this year. 

Sen. Scott Dibble (Minneapolis), sponsor of the companion Senate bill and an openly gay member of the Minnesota Legislature, will most likely present the bill for introduction upon third reading to Senate Majority Leader Tom Bakk (Cook) around noon. 

Bakk has told multiple media outlets the majority DFL has the votes in line to pass the bill. 

Stay tuned for updates to this article throughout the day, including the final result from the Senate chambers. 

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Today's coverage of the Senate from around Minnesota Patch: 

Dibble Introduces MN Same-Sex Marriage at MN Senate: 'A Very Simple Bill'

Torres-Ray: Proposed Exemptions to MN Gay Marriage Bill 'Against Our Democracy'

Goodwin: Adding Exemptions to MN Same-Sex Marriage Bill 'Discriminatory'

Minneapolis Senator on same-Sex Marriage in Minnesota: 'It's Going to Be OK'

Sen. Wiger Says '12 Marriage Amendment Initiative Created 'Sea of Change'

Kiffmeyer: MN Same-Sex Marriage Bill Betrays Vow that 'Nothing Would Change'

Roseville's Sen. Marty Shares Story of Lesbian Couple During Senate Floor Debate

Senate Minority Leader: I'm Not a Bigot Because of Gay Marriage Opposition

Dibble's Same-Sex Marriage Bill Passes

Richfield Senators Vote 'Yes' on Same-Sex Marriage Bill

Franzen Votes Yes on Gay Marriage to Pave Way for ‘Happily Ever After’

Goodwin: Adding Exemptions to MN Same-Sex Marriage Bill 'Discriminatory'

Latz to Legislature: ‘Do Not Vote Out of Fear of Your Constituents’

Latz: ‘Marriage is Not a Uniquely Religious Event’

Sen. Wiger Says '12 Marriage Amendment Initiative Created 'Sea of Change'

Sen. Housley Votes 'No' on Same-Sex Marriage Bill

Same-Sex Marriage Vote Brings Glee and Gloom Online

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Patch’s complete coverage of the same-sex marriage legislation:

Albertville Legislator's Amendment Added to Marriage Bill

Eden Pairie Legislator Votes to Remove 'Marriage' from State Law

St. Louis Park Legislator: Keep 'Marriage' as Part of Same Sex Bill

Slocum to Vote 'Yes' on Same-Sex Marriage Bill

Hopkins' Simon Fights Back Tears During Gay Marriage Debate

Eagan's Halverson on Same-Sex Marriage Bill: 'All Familes Really Do Matter'

Golden Valley's Freiberg: Look at All These Rights Long-Term Gay Couples Don’t Have

Southwest House Reps Vote 'Yes' on Same-Sex Marriage Bill

Stillwater House Members Vote Against Same-Sex Bill

MN Same-Sex Marriage Bill: Laine Offers GLBT Community Gift of Word 'Marriage'

Simon: Don’t Remove Marriage from State Law

IGH's Rep. Atkins Votes 'Yes' on Same-Sex Marriage Bill

Joyce May 18, 2013 at 03:35 PM
Kelly wrote: "My wife and I just our first invitation to a gay wedding. The question is, what gift should we buy to celebrate the destruction of our marriage, the corruption of our children, and the end of civilization as we know it? I was thinking a Jell-O mold." LOL, Kelly! But, Jell-O molds are SO 1950's!
Kelly May 18, 2013 at 03:45 PM
Just having some fun, Joyce. Actually, because it is so retro, it might be the perfect gift!
Mike B. May 18, 2013 at 04:03 PM
The so-called "Human Rights Campaign" is a sham! I urge all Patch readers to research this organization. Inquiries are being made already re" its tax-exempt status.
Mike B. May 18, 2013 at 04:14 PM
Congratulations are in order for the Orthodox Russians and the brave clergy who are proudly standing up for moral behavior. Russia was a proud, good country under the Czars. Then the theories of Marx and Leon Troskey took over with the Reds, and that country suffered for so many decades. Now, Russia is returning to its roots, and in fact, throughout Russia there are now young Cossack groups, very much like our own Boy Scouts, who are being taught morality and good citizenship For anyone to blaspheme the Orthodox Russians and their religion on this forum is an outrage, and a violation of Patch's terms and conditions,.
Mike B. May 18, 2013 at 04:20 PM
Trailopen, another cogent and accurate post. You are 100% correct. The "activities" that take place in public parks, "bathhouses," are violations of public decency. I know a local law enforcement officer who is fed up... He encounters so many instances in public parks and finds two men "together." And these "activities" take place within yards of moral families having a pleasant day. The perpetrators are often just civilly-fined, and are back out the next day doing the same illegal activities.
mike savick May 18, 2013 at 04:56 PM
"Mike B' Say that over the obliterated graves of my ancestors you lying sack of crap. Starting with Czarina Catherine, the Cossack thugs with the blessing and encouragement of the Czars and the Russian Orthodox hierarchy slaughtered tens of thousands of Jews or more before Hitler was a corporal in WW1. Have you no shame?
Mike B. May 18, 2013 at 05:12 PM
Already, efforts are being made by Republican legislators to have the "gay" marriage law overturned. I, along with most Minnesota residents (and all people with strong moral values) are strongly behind this effort. Congratulations are in order to the distinguished congresswoman Michelle Bachmann, who has raised the clarion call. All Patch readers are urged to contact their legislators to overturn such harmful, shameful legislation such as Roe v. Wade (at the federal level) and homosexual marriage (at the state level).
Michael Hindin May 18, 2013 at 05:25 PM
Repeating the criminal history of the Czars and imperial church is not what Mike B calls" For anyone to blaspheme the Orthodox Russians and their religion on this forum is an outrage, " The outrage is the crimes in the name of imperial religion committed against Russian Jews. The blasphemy is perhaps using Christianity to exterminate Judaism which is the ancestor of Christianity. Existing Russian Jews still have "Jewish" on internal passports.
Mike B. May 18, 2013 at 05:29 PM
Watch out on this one! Keith Ellison will have a ghostwriter for his book, and then charge taxpayers for the "work." However, it will not be a lengthy tome. The working title is "The Wisdom of Keith Ellison," and will consist of one blank page.
Susan May 18, 2013 at 05:41 PM
Mike, I don't think anyone here supports this behavior but I do hope and wish you would speak out about the depravities of heterosexual sexual behavior, being as this is much more frequent and the numbers of heterosexual prostitution charges/convictions far outnumber those of gay men. These are troubled people--gay and straight, and ignoring the majority of these people while railing against the minority and trying to stereotype based on what a minority do, is illogical, ridiculous and a complete misrepresentation of the facts.
Mike B. May 18, 2013 at 05:45 PM
M. Hinden- Your comment is revisionist history (no doubt taught at Columbia University, Macalester College, UC Davis and other hotbeds of radical, left-wing thought) that seems to idolize such monsters at Karl Marx and Leon Troskey. The Czar and his family were brutally and savagely murdered by the Reds, and the good Russian people are now happily celebrating and learning of the Imperial family's heritage.... a heritage that made Czarist Russia a great nation. In fact, the Czar in recent years was given a proper burial, to the great satisfaction of the Russian people. It's good to see the Russian Orthodox Church rightfully taking its place as a strong moral and national bulwark in Russian society again. Only Red sympathizers would attack the Russian Orthodox church. We need strong religious groups, such as the Russian Orthodox, Catholics (particularly Opus Dei), and the Southern Baptist Convention to speak the truth about the moral decay in this country... and frankly to counterbalance such "anti-religious" religions such as the Unitarians
Susan May 18, 2013 at 06:04 PM
Mike B., I'd be more inclined to listen to them preach about morality if their own houses did not have a history of immorality. Set a good example FIRST before preaching what is right and moral for everyone else.
Joyce May 18, 2013 at 06:23 PM
Well, as long as the jell-o mold comes in harvest gold or avocado green (because the '70s are back in, I think.)
Joyce May 18, 2013 at 06:25 PM
Roe v. Wade was not legislation, it was a decision by the Supreme Court; learn some facts, Mike B. (I'm beginning to wonder if someone is using this moniker to parody right winger.) There is nothing "immoral" about a loving, committed relationship between two consenting adults who are not already blood relatives; it is immoral, however, to deny basic civil rights to a group of people simply because they are different from you.
Susan May 18, 2013 at 06:50 PM
"distinguished congresswoman Michelle Bachmann" Sounds like an oxymoron to me.
Michael Hindin May 18, 2013 at 07:50 PM
Folks, My grandfathers escaped pogroms and a 25 year draft (death sentence for Jewish males who wouldn't convert) in 1911 and 1914 from Minsk and Kiev. They were not able to retrieve my grandmothers and parents (9 & 13) until 1922 and 1923. 1914 brought WW1, 1917 the equally horrid Bolsheviks, and the 1918 flue killed my uncle who was a small child. These are real people not "Mike B" fantasy's. If interested I can share published short stories of of my family coming to America and I can also share stories of them being falsely accused during the McCarthy Era, by the likes of Sen. J. McCarthy and "Mike B" Anti-Semitism was also rampant during the '50s that "Mike B" cherishes. I can also share with you the movie "Good Night and Good Luck" which was similar to my father's Army McCarthy hearing experience. Please excuse my stridency when the "MikeB" entity tramples on my parents' memories and the graves of my ancestors destroyed by the Cossacks and later the Nazi collaborators. The "entity Mike B" has no shame when it come to revising history or the present. A real person couldn't look me in the eye and tell these lies. Send your emails to the editor and I will share the movie and our journey with you.
Mike B. May 18, 2013 at 08:59 PM
M. Hinden, playing the old liberal "victim card" just won't fly with perceptive Patch readers, especially when the well-informed know that post-Czar Russia was far, far, far worse than your specious and without merit claims of pograms against Red sympathizers. Another similar analogy is the passing of former Gen Videla of Argentina this past week. Gen. Videla inherited a lawless, violent, terroristic group of leftists on the streets in Buenos Aires and other cities in Argentina, led by a bunch of radical intellectuals. He made the streets safe for law-abiding Argentines. The Czar had the same violent Red sympathizers to contend with 70 years earlier. And Patch readers also know that your besmirchment of Senator Joe McCarthy is without merit. There were communists and communist sympathizers in the US State Deparment, and Senator McCarthy had the courage to bring this to the attention of the American people. Remember, US "citizens" such as the Rosenbergs, were a "fifth column" funneling our most top secrets to the Soviet Union. I tell the facts, not some revisionist history from Angela Davis.
Susan May 18, 2013 at 09:21 PM
Now I get it, Mike B! You idolize those who would publicly make false and dehumanizing accusations (McCarty, Bachmann), ruin innocent peoples' lives, and condemn all for bad behavior just because there is a small minority who are guilty. Good to know. Next time you bring up the Catholic Church I will be sure to remind you, based on YOUR logic, that ALL priests are immoral, vile, child predators who's sexual deviance will bring them straight to the gates of Hell. Who cares if those innocent, law abiding men, who do such good work in their community, suffer the consequences. For any new readers who might come across this comment, I do not believe the above statements, about the majority of priest, to be true, I'm only making a point to our resident stereotyper.
Mike B. May 18, 2013 at 09:21 PM
I would urge all moral people to continue to peacefully and lawfully protest on public property against "gay" marriage ceremonies. Such sham marriage ceremonies are an insult against all Minnesota residents with a sense of morality and propriety. Of course, the pro-"gay" marriage people will insult Christians with vile expletives and spit, but such protests must be made, just as moral people continue to demonstrate against the horrors of Roe v. Wade.
Mike B. May 18, 2013 at 09:29 PM
Susan's ad hominem attack on the Catholic faith and clergy is no surprise. The pro-"gay" marriage forces and their liberal friends have been vilifying the Catholic Church and clergy from day one. The Catholic Church's belief in traditional marriage and opposition to the murder of babies in the womb is anathema to liberals' beliefs. And Catholic church services all across the country have been disrupted, in an attempt to blackmail the Catholic church to remain silent. Archbishop Niestadt was subject to the most bilious, hateful remarks last year. Have the liberals and the activists have no shame?
Smokin' Joe May 18, 2013 at 09:31 PM
Do you suppose that they just take turns? Bachman should have lost to anybody with a pulse, but the DFL fielded an absolute nobody. Ditto for Franken. I'm still convinced that there were about eight people on the planet that couldn't have beaten Obama, at least on his record, and the republicans managed to find five of them.
Susan May 18, 2013 at 09:47 PM
Oh, Mike, your bait and switch routine doesn't work here anymore. Clearly, I did not make an attack on the Catholic Church and those "perceptive Patch readers" will see that. I was baptized and raised Catholic and hold no resentment or animosity against the teachings of the church--they are perfect for Catholics CHOOSING to follow and live by those teachings. I do, however, strongly object to The Church trying to force their faith and morals on others of different faiths, while and after certain members of the church protected pedophiles and moved them to new churches with new victims. This puts certain individual's morals into question, along with the church that still supports them, but I do not condemn the priests who do such good work in their communities. That's one of the many differences between you and I--I look at an individual's actions whereas you would condemn all for the actions of a few. I will denounce those who have disrupted services, but not the entire movement for equal rights just because they want the same thing.
Michael Hindin May 18, 2013 at 09:55 PM
Folks, My grandfathers left (911 & 1914) before the Bolsheviks. My grandmothers and their young children couldn't have anything to do with the Bolsheviks. Czarina Catherine was the first "successful" czar to banish Jewish Communities from the center of Russia and larger cities and force them to move to the Pale of Settlement. The draft of young Jewish males was a deliberate program to force conversion and eliminate the Jewish presence form Russia, Jews who refused to convert were abused until they died. Conversion was the only way to survive 25 years in the Russian army. The draft was so bad the Jewish parents amputated the right index finger of male children to make them unsuitable for the draft. Jewish settlements were often raided by Cossacks sponsored by the Czars, resulting in many murders and looting. Senator McCarthy became a spectacle on live TV when Edward R Murrow questioned him about his often changing numbers of communists in various government agencies. The senate eventually had enough of his scare tactics and propaganda and censored him.
Susan May 18, 2013 at 10:00 PM
This is what happens when politics (and money) are put before people.
TheProphetFromTrailopen May 18, 2013 at 11:56 PM
My mother left Austria in 1904, and our Jewish relatives who remained where all exterminated in WWII. I think Bachman is one of the best reps in the country and if u want 2 c how "crazy" Joe McCarthy was, tell me the names of 5 movies made in the last 50 years that dont show capitalists as greedy, murdering, racist homophobes. What all the scorners of McCarthy forget was that there WERE CARD-CARRYING COMMUNISTS all over Hollywood; there still are today except w/o cards.
TheProphetFromTrailopen May 18, 2013 at 11:58 PM
But while I have come to know HE who has been raised from the dead, I have no particular affiliation nor affection for ANY religious body, and find the argument about this church vs that church to be so empty as to not be worth having.
Michael Hindin May 19, 2013 at 01:29 AM
I don't care if there were card carrying communists in Hollywood. We now have Tom Cruse and other people who behave strangely in Hollywood but who cares. . It was not illegal to be a communist carded or not. Communists have first amendment rights along with Nazis in Skokie Il.. No one including Aryan brotherhoods and other white supremacists have the right to advocate overthrowing the government. It is still slander or defamation to wrongly accuse any one of crimes they didn't commit.
Michael Hindin May 19, 2013 at 01:32 AM
I'm sorry for your loss of family in Austria. I have not been able to determine if we had family left in Minsk and Kiev when the Nazis and their sympathizers destroyed Jewish communities and remnants of their history.
TheProphetFromTrailopen May 19, 2013 at 02:31 AM
Mike, when u say u dont care if there were card-carrying Communists in Hollywood, can u answer me with the names of 5 movies extolling the virtues of capitalism? The entire film industry has subtley - and sometimes obviously - but continuously portrayed business owners in a negative light, patriots as biots and numbskulls, and in general, carried the far-left agenda.
Michael Hindin May 19, 2013 at 02:37 AM
Try anything with John Wane in it. I don't care about Hollywood past or present.


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