Gay marriage bills reportedly to be introduced this week

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Dibble (left) and Clark plan to introduce companion bills this week.
A big step in Minnesota's remarkably quick march toward marriage equality will reportedly happen this week. During a conversation with WCCO's Esme Murphy yesterday morning, Sen. Scott Dibble, D-Minneapolis, said he plans to introduce a gay marriage bill this week.

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WCCO reports that Rep. Karen Clark, D-Minneapolis, will introduce a companion bill in the House.

"It's just simply an amendment that removes the restriction that disallows some couples from getting married," Dibble told Murphy, adding that he doesn't expect a vote on his bill to occur until after the legislature passes a budget.

"My strong sense, even from folks in greater Minnesota, is that they're comfortable with this, they know that Minnesota has changed a lot and is continuing to change at a very rapid pace," he continued.

As we reported last month, Dibble thinks a gay marriage bill can get through the DFL-controlled legislature without Republican votes. Gov. Dayton has said he'll sign the legislation.

From rancorous debate about whether a gay marriage ban should be enshrined in the state constitution to being two votes and a signature away from marriage equality -- what a difference a year makes!

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