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Minnesota Senate OK's gay marriage; governor to sign bill today

ST. PAUL, Minn. (FOX 47) -- The Minnesota Senate voted Monday to legalize gay marriage, putting the state on the brink of becoming the 12th to allow same-sex couples to marry, and Governor Mark Dayton said he will sign the bill Tuesday.

The bill passed the House last week. It allows same-sex weddings beginning Aug. 1.

With Dayton's signature, Minnesota would be the first Midwestern state where elected representatives voted directly to allow gay marriage. Iowa has had gay marriage since 2009, but that was due to a court ruling.

Just six months ago, Minnesota voters rejected an effort to ban gay marriage in the state constitution.

Shortly after the Senate approved the measure Monday, Dayton said he will sign the bill legalizing gay marriage in a ceremony on the Capitol steps on Tuesday.

The governor's staff announced Dayton will sign the bill at 5 p.m. with legislators and supporters on hand.

Gay couples will be able to get married in Minnesota starting Aug. 1. The state will become the 12th to make gay marriage legal.

The Senate passed the bill 37-30, with just one Republican crossing over to support it. Three Democrats voted against the bill, which passed the House last week.

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