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Minnesota Sen. Torrey Westrom of Elbow Lake, left, talks Tuesday, May 7, 2013, about his opposition to a bill allowing gay marriage. Looking on is Sen. Tony Lourey of Kerrick. (Forum News Service photo by Don Davis)

Minnesota Legislature poised for gay marriage votes

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ST. PAUL – Gay marriage supporters feel victory in the air.

Their confidence is high as Minnesota state representatives plan to vote on overturning an existing same-sex marriage ban on Thursday, with senators following in a few days.


“We’ve felt pretty good in the Senate for a long time,” bill sponsor Scott Dibble, DFL-Minneapolis, said after the Senate Finance Committee on Tuesday passed his measure on a split voice vote.

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Don Davis
Don Davis has been the Forum Communications Minnesota Capitol Bureau chief since 2001, covering state government and politics for two dozen newspapers in the state. Don also blogs at Capital Chatter on Areavoices.