Watch the most compelling speech from the House gay marriage vote
The Senate will vote on the gay marriage bill Monday.
On Thursday afternoon, the House voted 75-59 in favor of a bill to legalize same-sex marriage in Minnesota.
The tally came after a three-hour floor session. The bill was expected to pass, and many legislators wanted to put their mark on the historic moment with a few words.
No speaker was more compelling than Rep. John Persell. Wearing a bolo tie and throwing out folksy terms like "sqauwkbox," the Bemidji Democrat explained in thoughtful, candid rhetoric how he'd come to his vote, in part based on something his granddaughter quoted in a recent letter. Watch:
The Senate is slated to vote on the gay marriage bill Monday.
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