March 12, 2013 – Saint Paul, MNIn a historic moment tonight and by a vote of 10-7, the Civil Law Committee in the Minnesota House of Representatives voted to pass legislation that would grant same-sex couples the freedom to marry as soon as August 1, 2013. This vote comes just hours after the Minnesota Senate Judiciary Committee voted in favor of companion legislation in that body.

House File 1054, authored by Representative Karen Clark and co-authored by a diverse group of twenty-two other members of the Minnesota House of Representatives, would remove limitations on marriage for same-sex couples from Minnesota state law, while also protecting the important religious freedoms of clergy and faith institutions to practice their religious beliefs free from government interference or persecution.

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