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Supporters of gay marriage arrived at the Minnesota Capitol early Monday, May 13, 2013, anticipaing a Senate vote to legalize same-sex marriage. (Forum News Sevice photo by Don Davis)

Update: Senate approves historic gay marriage vote, Dayton to sign bill Tuesday


Update 5 p.m.

ST. PAUL -- Tears of sadness that rolled down faces of gay Minnesotans and their supporters two years ago became tears of joy today as Minnesota senators voted to allow same-sex couples to wed.

Senators voted 37-30 Monday to remove a state law that bans same-sex marriage. The vote followed a Thursday 75-59 House vote, leaving Gov. Mark Dayton’s signature the only task remaining before gays can marry starting Aug. 1.

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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.