Minn. committees to vote on same-sex marriage bill

Marriage rally
Hundreds gathered at the State Capitol Thursday, Feb. 14, 2013 in St. Paul, Minn., where supporters of same-sex marriage called for Minnesota lawmakers to legalize it.
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ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) -- Committees in the Minnesota House and Senate are poised to vote on -- and likely pass -- bills to legalize same-sex marriage Tuesday.

The House Civil Law Committee and Senate Judiciary Committee are set to take up the bills, which were the subject of state Capitol rallies on both sides of the issue in recent weeks. The Associated Press reported last week that Democrats likely had the votes in both committees to pass the bill.

Marriage amendment defeated
Supporters of the marriage amendment pray together at the Embassy Suites in Bloomington, Minn. on Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2012.
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The House committee is set to start its hearing early Tuesday morning, and resume at 6 p.m. The Senate committee begins at noon.

If the bills pass, they'll slip below the radar for weeks as budget negotiations consume legislators' attention. A full vote in both chambers isn't expected until after budget bills have been passed.

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