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.