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ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A freshman Democratic state representative who is one of the House's key swing votes on gay marriage says he will vote for the bill.

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Rep. Joe Radinovich of Crosby had been undecided. He says Friday that he's personally supported gay marriage for a decade, but was unsure how to vote because he represents a socially conservative district in the Brainerd area.

Radinovich says it was not an easy decision but that he'd rather protect his integrity than his political career. The 27-year-old lawmaker won his election by only 323 votes last fall.

Lawmakers could vote as early as next week on bills to make same-sex marriage legal in Minnesota, but votes have not yet been scheduled in the House or Senate.

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