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Votes Needed to Extend Civil Marriage to Same-Sex Couples Secured in Minnesota House of Representatives

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Thursday’s vote will be a victory for thousands of Minnesota families

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Jake Loesch, Communications Director
Phone Number: (763) 218 – 4810 

Tuesday, May 7, 2013 – Saint Paul, MNToday, the Minnesota House of Representatives announced that HF1054, a bill to extend civil marriage to same-sex couples while strongly protecting religious freedoms in our state, will receive a vote on the House floor on Thursday, May 9.

House leadership has repeatedly said that HF1054 would not come before the House floor until the necessary 68 votes to pass it were secured. Today’s announcement signals that those votes have been secured and that the freedom to marry legislation will pass and move to the Senate floor for a final vote.

“Thursday’s vote in the Minnesota House of Representatives will be a historic victory for thousands of same-sex couples and families in our state,” said Minnesotans United Campaign Manager Richard Carlbom. “We are confident that the necessary votes to extend the freedom to marry for same-sex couples have been secured and that HF1054 will pass the House floor. The Minnesota House of Representatives is now poised to make Minnesota the next state to grant civil marriage to same-sex couples and their families by affirming what we already know to be true: Marriage is about the love, commitment, and responsibility that two people share, and it is a basic freedom that should no longer be denied to some simply because of who they are.”

The Minnesota Senate is expected to vote on granting same-sex couples the freedom to marry soon after HF1054 has passed through the House of Representatives. Passage in that body is expected as well, paving the way for Governor Dayton to sign this critically important legislation into law before the end of the 2013 legislative session.

Minnesotans United, the campaign that successfully defeated the hurtful marriage amendment in 2012, is committed to securing the freedom to marry for loving and committed same-sex couples in 2013. 

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