DFL leaders say they have votes to get marriage equality done this week

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Sen. Dibble (left) and Rep. Thissen say marriage equality is basically a done deal.
Before this weekend is in the books, marriage equality might be approved by the Minnesota House and Senate.

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Today, DFL leaders in both chambers say they believe they already have the votes in place. The House has scheduled a floor vote for Thursday, and Sen. Scott Dibble, chief sponsor of the marriage equality bill in the Senate, said his chamber could vote on the companion bill as soon as Saturday. Gov. Mark Dayton, of course, has said he'll sign the bill if it reaches his desk.

While marriage equality does have some MNGOP support in the Senate, no Republican House members have yet pledged to vote in favor of the bill. Politics in Minnesota reports that as of last count, 63 House members have said they'll vote in favor of the bill, but 68 are needed for approval.

However, House Speaker Paul Thissen, D-Minneapolis, has previously said he wouldn't put gay marriage legislation to a full vote in his chamber unless he knew he had the votes to get it approved.

According to the Pioneer Press, Thissen said today, "We're still having conversations, but I think we have the votes."

"This hasn't been something we've been twisting peoples' arms on. It's about talking to people, hearing from constituents and those undecided legislators ultimately listening to their heart," Thissen continued.

PiM reports that "There are several amendments being prepped for the debate on Thursday, including one from Red Wing GOP Rep. Tim Kelly to allow civil unions in the state." But the House DFL's move to schedule a vote and Dibble's confidence about the support marriage equality enjoys in the Senate indicates that legislative leaders don't believe any significant hurdles remain in the way of getting marriage equality past the finish line this session.

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she.keeps.me.warm
she.keeps.me.warm

Watching the feed, with Macklemore's "same love" playing in the background. And... I have something in my eye. 

FIREDUP
FIREDUP

SOME TIME SPENT IN SCRIPTURE WILL DO US ALL A GOOD SERVICE.

IF YOU THINK GAY MARRIAGE IS SOMETHING THAT MOVES THE COUNTRY FORWARD

IT IS YOU WHO IS IN THE CRANIAL INSERTUS RESCTUS POSITION

Onan
Onan

Excellent. It's about time.

green23
green23

@FIREDUP   People quoted the Bible to defend slavery. They quoted it to argue against women voting. They quoted it to defend segregation. They quoted the Bible to defend the ban on inter-racial marriage. 

Anyone can 'prove' virtually any point by quoting the Bible, even both sides of an argument. What that 'proves' is that the ability to quote the Bible is essentially worthless in policy discussions. 

If all you have in support of your arguments is that the Bible says something is wrong, then you really don't have an argument. This is not because the Bible itself is worthless; it's because it can be used to 'prove' anything

Aside from that, it's a remarkably unpersuasive rhetorical move that presumes the vast majority of the population are evangelical Christians. The number is really 25-27%. 

Likewise, saying that anyone who disagrees with you has their head up their ass is remarkably unpersuasive. You are an anonymous jackass without credentials. Who cares what you think about them? Nobody.

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