DFL Gov. Mark Dayton and DFL legislative leaders will return to private budget meetings this afternoon.
The governor's office said it was a "check in" meeting.
On Sunday, the DFL leaders announced the bare bones of a budget plan to end the legislative session. Despite the agreement, many details remained unclear, including timing for the passage of budget bills, the exact shape of spending and taxes and some of the key provisions of the bills.
Senate Majority Leader Tom Bakk said on Monday that the final deal will include funding for all day kindergarten across the state and Dayton's plan for scholarships for early childhood education.
Joint House-Senate committees have already started working on filling in other details.
For a timely ending, all of the budget bills must pass the House and Senate by May 20.
Today, Minnesota will become the twelfth state to legalize same-sex marriage.
At a 5 p.m. Capitol public signing ceremony, Gov. Mark Dayton will ink a law that makes gay marriage legal. The law will make it legal for same-sex couples to make their unions legally official after August 1.
Afterwards, supporters will troop over to 375 Wabash Street North in downtown St. Paul for a street party and concert.
The events bring to a close, for now, a long and divisive fight over marriage.
For more than a decade, supporters of defining marriage as only the union of one man and one woman have battled to get that definition into the Minnesota constitution. In 2011, the Legislature approved the ballot measure but the next year Minnesota voters rejected it, paving the way for supporters of same sex marriage to push their case.
Last week, in a 75-59 vote the House approved legalization. The Senate followed suit on Monday in a 37-30 vote.
For supporters, the approval touched off tearful relief, parties and plans for summer weddings.
For opponents, it ushered in disappointment, sorrow and predictions of voter reprisals.
"Make no mistake, this vote will bring the demise of the DFL majority and end the careers of wayward Republicans in the Legislature once voters have their say," said Brian Brown, National Organization for Marriage president.
With deafening cheers and overwhelming emotion, the Minnesota Senate voted 37-30 to legalize same-sex marriage.
“Today, love wins,” said Sen. Tony Lourey, DFL-Kerrick.
The vote, on the heels of a vote last week in the House, brings to a close a decade of debate over marriage that has echoed through the Capitol, bringing thousands of friends and foes of gay marriage to its marbled dome to express their deeply held feelings.
The measure next moves to Gov. Mark Dayton, who will welcome it with his signature in a celebratory ceremony at 5 p.m. Tuesday on the south steps of the Capitol.
Once it is signed, Minnesota will become the twelfth state to legalize same sex-marriage.
"It's historic and I can never be so proud of this body and of Minnesotans," said Sen. Jeff Hayden, DFL-Minneapolis. On the Senate floor, Hayden said that his wife is white and noted that just 50 years ago, his loving relationship would have been barred.
Three Democrats – Sens. LeRoy Stumpf, Dan Sparks and Lyle Koenen – voted against the bill. One Republican, Sen. Branden Petersen, voted yes.
Up until the last moments, some opponents had hoped the bill would fail despite clear indications that it would head to the Dayton’s desk.
Sen. Dan Hall, R-Burnsville, said up until the last he was praying for a miracle and the Senate to reject the bill.
“Some people have said that they are concerned about being on the right side of history. I am more concerned about being on the right side of eternity,” said Hall.
A few opponents of the bill dotted the Capitol holding signs that read 'Don't Erase Moms and Dads’ or gathered in a quiet spot to watch the debate unfold.
"In my heart, I grieve on both sides. Because I know what it's like to be alone and I know what it is like to have somebody close to you and love you. But I grieve inside because I feel we are opening the doors to Sodom and Gomorra. And in the end, God is going to be the judge," said Nelson, of Blaine, tears running down her cheeks.
On the Senate floor, Senators began with a discussion of what kinds of organizations would be protected from punishment if they refuse to involve themselves with same-sex marriage.
The measure being voted upon gives religious organizations protections, but Sen. Warren Limmer said those protections are limited.
“It doesn’t go far enough,” said Limmer, R-Maple Grove.
He said students, teachers, private business and colleges could be punished.
But backers of the legalization measure countered that Minnesota already has a human rights law that bars discrimination based on sexual orientation and that does not change if the marriage law changes.
“That’s true today, that will be true tomorrow,” said Sen. Scott Dibble, DFL-Minneapolis and the sponsor of the marriage bill.
After long debate, the Senate voted down adding a measure to the marriage bill that backers said would offer religious opponents greater protections and opponents said would “gut” the state’s Human Rights act. The Human Rights Act forbids discrimination against people based on their sexual orientation. That measure failed on a 26-41 vote.
Opponents of the bill have repeatedly said that Minnesotans were lied to last year during the campaign against the constitutional amendment that would have banned same-sex marriage. They were told, they claimed, that nothing would change if the amendment didn’t pass.
“Do they feel betrayed today? Absolutely. Do they feel lied to? Yeah,” said Sen. Mary Kiffmeyer, R-Big Lake.
Those who campaigned hard against the constitutional ban deny that they claimed they would never try to legalize same-sex marriage.
Opponents of legalization were vastly outnumbered by supporters in the Capitol on Monday, as they were in the Senate chambers.
In droves, they welcomed lawmakers to the Capitol with hearts pasted on the august building’s stone steps, sang songs, banged drums and created echoes in the marble halls as lawmakers on their side spoke.
“We have nothing to fear from love and commitment,” said Sen. John Hoffman, DFL-Champlin, setting off an echo of praise.
But some Senate members may have something to fear.
Last year, although Minnesota as a state opposed the constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriage, many districts supported it. Although the vote on the amendment is not a perfect indicator of support, or lack thereof, for same same-sex marriage, those districts’ votes weighed heavy on the minds of lawmakers.
Those districts include the Andover district that Sen. Brenden Petersen represents. A Republican, his district voted to define marriage as the union of one man and one woman to the constitution.
He is a co-sponsor of the law to legalize same sex marriage and was the first legislative Republican to publicly declare his support.
In the final debate, he sent this message to his children: “Be bold and be courageous and you will never regret a day in your life."
He said that he is more uncertain of his future than he has been, but that he is confident that he was standing on the side of liberty.
Some Democrats faced similar conflicts. Sen. Vicki Jensen, DFL-Owatonna, comes from a district that voted for the marriage amendment and she voted yes.
Rep. Joe Radinovich, DFL-Crosby, has been there. Last Thursday, he voted for the bill. Sixty-two percent of his district voted to constitutionally ban same-sex marriage. He announced his vote publicly the week before he took it.
He said he has heard from passionate people on both sides.
“Criticism is a natural part of this,” Radinovich said afterward. But even in his outstate district, feelings are evolving.
“You can see public opinion changing on the ground up there,” he said.
By the time he runs for re-election in 2014, he and all Minnesotans will have a chance to see how same-sex marriage has changed the state. After Dayton’s signature, it will be legal on August 1.
Click here for an interactive graphic of the House and Senate votes that sent the measure to the governor's desk.
Baird Helgeson contributed to this post.
Here's the vote:
Rainbow flags are flying high over a Mississippi River crossing in Minnesota's Capital city to welcome the expected legalization of same-sex marriage in Minnesota.
"Today, we line the Freedom to Marry Bridge with pride flags to show the importance of this legislation to the City of Saint Paul, the families that live here, and to those who have been waiting for this day for many years," said St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman.
The city temporarily renamed the Wabasha Bridge, which crosses the Mississippi River in St. Paul, to celebrate.
The Minnesota Senate is expected to give final approval to the legalization measure Monday afternoon and Gov. Mark Dayton is expected to sign it on Tuesday.
Mourning and tears of joy will greet Monday's vote on same-sex marriage.
Outside the state Capitol, where the state Senate is expected to vote to legalize gay marriage Monday afternoon, Don Lee had set up a gravestone reading "RIP Marriage 2013."
"It is the end of marriage as we know it," said Lee, of Eagan. "You still have the word but you don't have the meaning."
He said while a ban on same-sex marriage did not belong in the constitution, he mourned the ending of the connection between solemn marriage vows and procreation.
Lee was far outnumbered in his solo protest by supporters of legalization, who crowded the Capitol's august steps to greet incoming Senators with songs and cheers.
Lisa Vecoli, of Minneapolis, was among the greeters.
"I didn't expect it to come for a long time," Vecoli said of the expected legalization.
She said she sobbed with joy in her office on Thursday when she and her partner watched the Minnesota House approve the marriage bill on a 75-59 vote. She was prepared for the emotion to flow on Monday.
"I will not even try to hold back the tears," Vecoli said, patting her pack, which had tissues at the ready.