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Continued: Minnesota to become 12th state to legalize gay marriage

  • Article by: BAIRD HELGESON and JIM RAGSDALE , Star Tribune
  • Last update: May 14, 2013 - 9:59 AM

Joellen Barak of St. Charles called it a great day for Minnesota. “It will mean that I live in a state that appreciates diversity and equality,” she said.

Out on the Capitol steps, some opponents lingered, waving signs and praying together.

Nick Skrynnik of Plymouth held a sign reading, “Proud father of a God-approved family.”

“Once it becomes a law, it’ll be taught in schools. It’ll be forced on to my children, to make them believe that this is OK,” he said. “And me on the other hand, telling them this is not OK according to God’s word.”

Down in the Great Hall, the Rev. Pat Hall, an opponent of the bill and brother of state Sen. Dan Hall, said it had been his hope that a solution could be found that both sides would find acceptable.

“I think we are as divided now as we were during the Civil War,” he said.

For Ellen Rowell, though, the vote brought a sigh of relief.

Rowell has been raising a son in south Minneapolis with her lesbian partner of 15 years.

“We’ve lived our lives, we’ve raised our son, we’ve done PTA, basketball games, all these years, but we haven’t had a legal relationship,” Rowell said. “It’s just time.”


Staff writers Rachel E. Stassen-Berger and Jennifer Brooks contributed to this report. Jim Ragsdale • 651-925-5042 Baird Helgeson • 651-925-5044


  • How they voted

    Marriage bill: Senate

    Yes No

    Anderson, Bruce D. (R) N

    Bakk, Thomas (DFL) Y

    Benson, Michelle (R) N

    Bonoff, Terri (DFL) Y

    Brown, David (R) N

    Carlson, Jim (DFL) Y

    Chamberlain, Roger (R) N

    Champion, Bobby Joe (DFL) Y

    Clausen, Greg (DFL) Y

    Cohen, Richard (DFL) Y

    Dahle, Kevin (DFL) Y

    Dahms, Gary (R) N

    Dibble, D. Scott (DFL) Y

    Dziedzic, Kari (DFL) Y

    Eaton, Chris (DFL) Y

    Eken, Kent (DFL) Y

    Fischbach, Michelle (R) N

    Franzen, Melisa (DFL) Y

    Gazelka, Paul (R) N

    Goodwin, Barb (DFL) Y

    Hall, Dan D. (R) N

    Hann, David (R) N

    Hawj, Foung (DFL) Y

    Hayden, Jeff (DFL) Y

    Hoffman, John (DFL) Y

    Housley, Karin (R) N

    Ingebrigtsen, Bill (R) N

    Jensen, Vicki (DFL) Y

    Johnson, Alice M. (DFL) Y

    Kent, Susan (DFL) Y

    Kiffmeyer, Mary (R) N

    Koenen, Lyle (DFL) N

    Latz, Ron (DFL) Y

    Limmer, Warren (R) N

    Lourey, Tony (DFL) Y

    Marty, John (DFL) Y

    Metzen, James (DFL) Y

    Miller, Jeremy R. (R) N

    Nelson, Carla J. (R) N

    Newman, Scott J. (R) N

    Nienow, Sean (R) N

    Ortman, Julianne (R) N

    Osmek, David (R) N

    Pappas, Sandra (DFL) Y

    Pederson, John C. (R) N

    Petersen, Branden (R) Y

    Pratt, Eric (R) N

    Reinert, Roger (DFL) Y

    Rest, Ann (DFL) Y

    Rosen, Julie A. (R) N

    Ruud, Carrie (R) N

    Saxhaug, Tom (DFL) Y

    Scalze, Bev (DFL) Y

    Schmit, Matt (DFL) Y

    Senjem, David H. (R) N

    Sheran, Kathy (DFL) Y

    Sieben, Katie (DFL) Y

    Skoe, Rod (DFL) Y

    Sparks, Dan (DFL) N

    Stumpf, LeRoy A. (DFL) N

    Thompson, Dave (R) N

    Tomassoni, David (DFL) Y

    Torres Ray, Patricia (DFL) Y

    Weber, Bill N

    Westrom, Torrey (R) N

    Wiger, Charles (DFL) Y

    Wiklund, Melissa (DFL) Y

    What’s next

    Gov. Dayton will sign Freedom to Marry Bill at 5 p.m. Tuesday on Capitol’s south steps. A procession will wind from the Capitol to St. Paul’s Ecolab Plaza for an outdoor musical celebration, “Love is the Law.” Food and beverages will be sold.

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