At Noon (central time) today, the Minnesota House of Representatives will begin debating a bill that would extend marriage to same-sex couples. The bill, as I explain in today’s St. Paul Pioneer Press, is among the most protective of religious freedom in the country.
You can watch the debate on the website of the Minnesota house by clicking here.
The vote will be close. If the bill passes the state house, it is expected to head to a vote in the state senate on Monday. Governor Mark Dayton would sign it, making Minnesota the 12th state to recognize same-sex marriage and the first in the Midwest to do so by legislative action.
UPDATE: The marriage bill passed the state house, 75-59. Of the Democrats, 71 (out of 73) supported it. Four (out of 61) Republicans supported it.