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MN Senate approves same-sex marriage; governor to sign


ST. PAUL (WKOW) -- The Minnesota Senate approved a measure to allow same-sex marriage and Gov. Mark Dayton will sign it on Tuesday.

The state Senate voted 37-30 to pass the bill. The bill was passed by the House last week.

The legislation allows same-sex couples to get married beginning August 1.

With Dayton's signature, Minnesota would be the 12th state to allow same-sex couples to marry. It would be the first Midwestern state where elected representatives voted directly to allow same-sex marriage. Iowa has had same-sex marriage since 2009, but that was due to a court ruling.

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