Gay marriage has votes to clear Minn. House hurdle

Published On: Mar 07 2013 02:20:47 PM CST
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ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) -

The bill to legalize gay marriage in Minnesota has enough votes to clear its first hurdle in the House, even as gay marriage opponents are gathering at the Capitol trying to slow its progress.

Nine of 17 members of the House Civil Law Committee tell The Associated Press they'll vote yes at a hearing Tuesday. That's enough to move the bill to the House floor and a vote by all 134 representatives.

Passage by the Senate Judiciary Committee also looks likely. Four of eight members say they'll vote yes, and a fifth says she supports gay marriage but wouldn't reveal her vote.

Full House and Senate votes are likely to wait a few weeks as backers try to secure 68 House and 34 Senate votes needed for passage. Gov. Mark Dayton says he'd sign the bill.