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Rep. Karen Clark and Sen. Scott Dibble, both gay Minneapolis lawmakers, greet a loud crowd after the House Thursday voted 75-59 in favor of gay marriage. Senators vote on it Monday. -- photo by Don Davis/Forum News Service

Senate, governor last two gay marriage steps

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ST. PAUL -- Minnesota is a Senate vote and a governor's signature away from becoming the 12th state to allow gay marriage.

Same-sex marriage supporters are optimistic because the House was regarded as the biggest hurdle. After the bill passed the House surprisingly easily 75-59, they were euphoric.

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The Senate is due to take up the bill Monday and Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton says he will sign it.

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Don Davis
Don Davis has been the Forum Communications Minnesota Capitol Bureau chief since 2001, covering state government and politics for two dozen newspapers in the state. Don also blogs at Capital Chatter on Areavoices.
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