March 13, 2013 at 2:40 pm EDT | by Michael K. Lavers
Minnesota marriage bill advances
Minnesota, gay news, Washington Blade

Minnesota State Capitol (Photo by History127 via Wikimedia Commons)

ST. PAUL, Minn.—Two Minnesota legislative committees on Tuesday approved a bill that would allow same-sex couples to marry in the state.

The 5-3 vote in the Senate Judiciary Committee and the 10-7 vote in the House Civil Law Committee took place just weeks after state Sen. Braden Peterson (R-Andover) and other legislators introduced the measure. Minnesota voters last November rejected a proposed constitutional amendment that would have defined marriage as between a man and a woman.

Lawmakers approved the same-sex marriage bill on the same day the Colorado House of Representatives passed a civil unions measure.

Nine states and D.C. allow gays and lesbians to legally marry.

Gov. Mark Dayton, who opposed the proposed marriage amendment, is among those who support the same-sex marriage bill.

Michael K. Lavers has been a staff writer for the Washington Blade since May 2012. The passage of Maryland's same-sex marriage law, the HIV/AIDS epidemic, the burgeoning LGBT rights movement in Latin America and the consecration of gay New Hampshire Bishop V. Gene Robinson are among the many stories he has covered since his career began in 2002. Follow Michael

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