Minn. House approves gay marriage; would be 12th

Published On: May 09 2013 10:37:10 AM CDT   Updated On: May 09 2013 11:08:37 PM CDT
Gay marriage, same-sex marriage
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) -

Minnesota is positioned to become the 12th state to approve gay marriages following a historic vote in the state House.

The 75-59 vote Thursday was seen as pivotal for the measure, which would allow same-sex weddings beginning Aug. 1. It's a startling shift in the state, where just six months earlier voters turned back an effort to ban them in the Minnesota Constitution.

The Senate is expected to pass the bill next week, and Gov. Mark Dayton has said he'll sign it.

Eleven other states allow gay marriages -- including Rhode Island and Delaware, which approved laws in the past week. Minnesota would be the first state in the Midwest to pass the measure out of the Legislature. Iowa allows gay marriages because of a 2009 court ruling.