March 13, 2013 at 2:40 pm EST | 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 is the international news editor of the Washington Blade. Follow Michael

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