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Marriage equality clears Minnesota House panel; floor vote on hold

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The Pioneer Press
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May 7, 2013

Efforts to legalize gay marriage in Minnesota are coming to a head this week. A Senate Finance Committee will review the potential fiscal impact of a bill allowing same-sex couples to wed at a meeting Tuesday morning, May 7. A companion bill cleared the House Ways and Means Committee on a voice vote Monday night, May 6. Both are last stops before potential floor vote in each chamber. But during the day Monday, supporters and opponents of the measure intensified pressure on lawmakers who have not publicly revealed how they will vote. Supporters say they will have the 68 votes needed to pass the bill in the House but are staying mum on how close they are to that number.