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Anthony Streiff, from left, Alex Sand and Nam Dorjee, all of Minneapolis, are in tears Wednesday during an event in St. Paul during an announcement that Minnesota voters rejected a proposed amendment to the state's Constitution that would ban gay marriage. The vote does not automatically allow same-sex weddings, but with a newly elected DFL Legislature, the subject is bound to be debated when lawmakers take office next year. AP Photo/Pioneer Press, Jean Pieri

Minnesota becomes first state to reject constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage

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ST. PAUL -- Minnesota became the first state to reject a constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage.

Since a state law remains on the books, the vote does not automatically allow same-sex weddings. However, with a newly elected Democratic-Farmer-Laborite Legislature and governor, the subject is bound to be debated when lawmakers take office in January.

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Don Davis
Don Davis has been the Forum Communications Minnesota Capitol Bureau chief since 2001, covering state government and politics for two dozen newspapers in the state. Don also blogs at Capital Chatter on Areavoices.
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