Gay marriage bills reportedly to be introduced this week

Dibble (left) and Clark plan to introduce companion bills this week.
Dibble (left) and Clark plan to introduce companion bills this week.

A big step in Minnesota's remarkably quick march toward marriage equality will reportedly happen this week. During a conversation with WCCO's Esme Murphy yesterday morning, Sen. Scott Dibble, D-Minneapolis, said he plans to introduce a gay marriage bill this week.

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WCCO reports that Rep. Karen Clark, D-Minneapolis, will introduce a companion bill in the House.

"It's just simply an amendment that removes the restriction that disallows some couples from getting married," Dibble told Murphy, adding that he doesn't expect a vote on his bill to occur until after the legislature passes a budget.

"My strong sense, even from folks in greater Minnesota, is that they're comfortable with this, they know that Minnesota has changed a lot and is continuing to change at a very rapid pace," he continued.

As we reported last month, Dibble thinks a gay marriage bill can get through the DFL-controlled legislature without Republican votes. Gov. Dayton has said he'll sign the legislation.

From rancorous debate about whether a gay marriage ban should be enshrined in the state constitution to being two votes and a signature away from marriage equality -- what a difference a year makes!

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