A bill that would allow same sex marriage to be legal in Minnesota has been approved Tuesday by committees for both the House and the Senate, the Pioneer Press said.
The bill was passed following a 5-3 vote by the Senate Judiciary Committee, and a 10-7 vote in The House Civil Law Committee with all democrats voting in favor and all republicans voting against the bill, the Duluth News Tribune said.
This means that the bill will go to the floor for a vote later this session, the Pioneer Press reported.
Passage of this bill to a floor vote is a big step for same sex unions as it is the first time legislative committees have supported gay marriage rights, the Duluth News Tribune said.
Gov. Mark Dayton said that he intends to sign the bill if it crosses his desk, the Pioneer Press said.
If the bill passes into law, it would officially take effect Aug. 1, and Minnesota would become one of 10 states in which same sex marriage is legal, Pioneer Press said.