Minnesota lawmakers in the state House of Representatives have passed marriage equality, making it the 12th state in the country to grant equal marriage rights to the LGBT community.
It is the first Midwestern state to pass such legislation.
The 75-59 vote was seen as the critical step for the measure, which would allow same-sex weddings beginning August 1. Ironically, 6 months earlier voters surprisingly turned back an effort to ban same-sex marriage in the Minnesota Constitution.
The state’s Senate will now vote on the bill this coming Monday, and analysts expect it to go through and then see Governor Mark Dayton sign it into law. He has pledged to do so.
According to the Human Rights Campaign when the bill passed committee stages earlier this year, “it was an incredible scene with overflow crowds filling viewing areas around the state Capitol in St. Paul.”
“We’re incredibly excited by the progress,” State Legislative Director of the Human Rights Campaign, Sarah Warbelow, who testified in favor of the bill, said to 429Magazine. “It’s just amazing to have partners on the ground like Project 515, OutFront Minnesota and Minnesota United.”
Each of the three organizations campaigned to progress marriage equality in the state.