Extra security officers are patrolling Minnesota's Capitol as the House debates the legalizing gay marriage before what is shaping up as a large crowd of spectators.
State lawmakers have been advised that 30 to 40 additional uniformed officers will be on hand to maintain a safe environment during debate Thursday. Thousands of people are expected to be on the Capitol grounds while the House weighs the gay marriage bill.
Signs posted at entrances warn that the building will be closed to new visitors upon hitting capacity. A state security official says that will be determined on the size and tenor of the crowd.
If the House approves the bill it heads to the Senate for a vote Monday. Gov. Mark Dayton says he would sign it into law.