A huge step for proponents of Gay marriage was made today as a Minnesota Senate Judiciary Panel approves a bill that would legalize same sex marriage. The panel vote was clearly along party lines as five members of the DFL party and one Republican voted in favor of the measure that Governor Mark Dayton said he would sign into law if it reached his desk.
However, public support for this bill seems mixed as many religious groups are outraged and vocal about their religious views. Last November a very expensive campaign was ran to create a constitutional measure to ban gay marriage. Voters defeated the measure creating the avenue for Minnesota Senator Scott Dibble to author this constitutional amendment. With a Democratic led legislature, Minnesota could be the 10th state to legalize gay marriage with marriages potentially starting as early as August.
However, on the agenda, prior to the passing of this bill, is the Minnesota budget.