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MARRIAGE EQUALITY: 'Society changing breakthrough moment' says Minnesota governor

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ST. PAUL, Minn. (KMSP) -

Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton on Wednesday said the Legislature's pending vote on marriage equality is a "society changing breakthrough moment," the enormity of which can't be understated.

The Minnesota Freedom to Marry Act, a bill that would legalize same-sex marriage in Minnesota, is scheduled for a full House vote on Thursday.

House Speaker Paul Thissen said that a scheduled vote indicates supporters of marriage equality have the 68 votes needed to pass the bill.

Should the Minnesota House vote to pass HF 1054, the marriage equality bill, the Senate will plan to schedule the bill for a floor vote on Monday, May 13, with session likely to convene at 11:00 a.m.

The legislative session ends May 20.

Gov. Mark Dayton has pledged to sign the bill, and its passage would mean same-sex marriages could commence Aug. 1.

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