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Minnesota to Hold Gay Marriage Hearing


A Minnesota house committee hearing on same-sex marriage this Monday is being called historic, although it will only serve informational purposes. Legislators will hear about the experiences of same-sex couples, but no vote will be taken.

According to The Minnesota Independent,"The hearing, to be held Monday afternoon, will be the first time same-sex marriage will be discussed in a committee hearing without the specter of a constitutional ban on gay marriage -- a measure Republicans have tried for years to pass."

The committee will discuss three measures: a bill to make marriage gender-neutral (the Marriage and Family Protection Act), a civil unions bill, and a bill for the recognition of same-sex marriages performed outside the state.

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