House set to vote on legalizing gay marriage [STREAMING VIDEO] [UPDATES]
Could the day be upon us?
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The long-awaited day is finally here. This afternoon, the Minnesota House is expected to vote on a bill to legalize same-sex marriage.
Earlier this week, DFL leaders said they're totally confident they have to votes to get marriage equality to Governor Dayton's desk, but a recent headcount done by Politics in Minnesota suggests the bill's prospects in the House aren't so certain.
You can watch streaming video of the debate, which is scheduled to begin at noon, here:
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3:10 p.m. -- The bill was approved by a 75-59 vote. Read our post about that here.
1:25 p.m. -- It appears Capitol security has plastic handcuffs at the ready if today's gay marriage debate gets out of hand. From Strib photographer Glen Stubbe:
1:15 p.m. -- An attempt by Rep. Tim Kelly, R-Red Wing, to replace "marriage" with "civil unions" in the bill under discussion was defeated by an overwhelming 111-22 margin. No further amendments will be discussed, meaning that the rest of the House's conversation will pertain to Rep. Karen Clark's marriage equality bill . In other words, at this point it's legalized gay marriage or nothing, at least as far as the House is concerned (the Senate is set to take up its version of the bill Monday.
Noon -- LGBT organization OutFront Minnesota reports that today's debate could be long. Like, really, really long:
Multiple sources point to ~8 hours of debate. Brace yourself, you wonderful people. #marriageequality-- OutFront Minnesota (@outfrontmn) May 9, 2013
The Capitol is alive with activity this morning in advance of this afternoon's floor debate, with marriage equality opponents and supporters waving signs and chanting. WCCO's Chris Simon has been sharing photographs of the scene on Twitter:
Today the "corridors of power" in Saint Paul are being called the "Halls of the People". twitter.com/SimonWCCO/stat...-- SimonWCCO (@SimonWCCO) May 9, 2013
Chants of "Jesus says No" and "Equal Rights Now" by hundreds outside House Chambers. twitter.com/SimonWCCO/stat...-- SimonWCCO (@SimonWCCO) May 9, 2013
Hundreds of opponents and supporters of same sex marriage chant outside House chambers ahead of vote. My rpt 11:03 twitter.com/SimonWCCO/stat...-- SimonWCCO (@SimonWCCO) May 9, 2013
Democracy in action as opponents and supporters of same sex marriage rub elbows in the State Capitol. twitter.com/SimonWCCO/stat...-- SimonWCCO (@SimonWCCO) May 9, 2013
Public debate heats up ahead of a house floor vote on same sex marriage at the State Capitol. My report at 10:03. twitter.com/SimonWCCO/stat...-- SimonWCCO (@SimonWCCO) May 9, 2013
Warning signs on doors of capitol ahead of same sex marriage vote in House. Warns there'll be no overcrowding. twitter.com/SimonWCCO/stat...-- SimonWCCO (@SimonWCCO) May 9, 2013
Meanwhile, Dayton's deputy chief of staff, Bob Hume, shared a photo reaffirming where his boss stands on the issue:
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