Update: 4 in Minn. House GOP break ranks vote yes on gay marriage, DFL'er Sawatzky votes no
ST. PAUL, Minn. - Four Minnesota House Republicans have broken party ranks to pass a gay marriage bill, with two Democrats voting against it.
Thursday's 75-59 vote to legalize same-sex marriage sets up a Monday vote in the Senate, where supporters say they have sufficient backing.
No Republicans had declared their support heading into the House vote. But yes votes came from David FitzSimmons of Albertville, Pat Garofalo of Farmington, Andrea Kieffer of Woodbury and Jenifer Loon of Eden Prairie.
Loon says she decided during the debate. Garofalo and FitzSimmons say an amendment to fortify religious protections was key. Kieffer was unavailable for comment.
The two Democrats against the marriage bill were Patti Fritz of Faribault and Mary Sawatzky of Willmar. Both come from districts that heavily supported a gay marriage ban.
Based on the feedback I’ve received from constituents, I feel that voting ‘no’ is the best way to represent the people of District 17B.”
Here is how area state representatives voted on the same-sex marriage bill:
Dan Fabian, R-Roseau, no
Deb Kiel, R-Crookston, no
Roger Erickson, DFL-Baudette, yes
Steve Green, R-Fosston, no
David Dill, DFL-Crane Lake, yes
Mary Murphy, DFL-Hermantown, yes
Ben Lien, DFL-Moorhead, yes
Paul Marquart, DFL-Dilworth, yes
John Persell, DFL-Bemidji, yes
Tom Anzelc, DFL-Balsam Township, yes
Carly Melin, DFL-Hibbing, yes
Jason Metsa, DFL-Virginia, yes
Tom Huntley, DFL-Duluth, yes
Erik Simonson, DFL-Duluth, yes
Bud Nornes, R-Fergus Falls, no
Mary Franson, R-Alexandria, no
Mark Anderson, R-Lake Shore, no
Ron Kresha, R-Little Falls, no
John Ward, DFL-Baxter, yes
Joe Radinovich, DFL-Crosby, yes
Mike Sundin, DFL-Esko, yes
Tim Faust, DFL-Hinckley, yes
Jay McNamar, DFL-Elbow Lake, yes
Paul Anderson, R-Starbuck, no
Jeff Howe, R-Rockville, no
Chris Swedzinski, R-Ghent, no
Paul Torkelson, R-Hanska, no
Andrew Falk, DFL-Murdock, yes
Mary Sawatzky, DFL-Willmar, no
Dean Urdahl, R-Grove City, no
Tim Kelly, R-Red Wing, no
Steve Drazkowski, R-Mazeppa, no
Joe Schomacker, R-Luverne, no
Rod Hamilton, R-Mountain Lake, no
Bob Gunther, R-Fairmont, no
Kathy Lohmer, R-Lake Elmo, no
Andrea Kieffer, R-Woodbury, yes
Dan Schoen, DFL-St. Paul Park, yes
Denny McNamara, R-Hastings, no
Anna Wills, R-Apple Valley, no
Pat Garofalo, R-Farmington, yesThis story includes contributions from Forum News Service and West Central Tribune.