Sparks voted to postpone gay marriage bill

Published 9:19 am Friday, March 15, 2013

ST. PAUL — A proposal to allow gay weddings in Minnesota survived several moves by Senate Republicans Wednesday to block it, an early signal the measure likely has enough votes to pass on the floor. Sen. Dan Sparks, DFL-Austin, was one of four DFL senators to vote in favor of postponing the gay marriage bill.

Both on the Senate floor and in a Rules Committee meeting, Democrats who control the chamber defeated a series of Republican motions to postpone its progress. Republicans said they were simply seeking more information about whether it would cost tax money to allow gay couples to marry — in court costs, state employee benefits and other areas.

While the votes were procedural, Republicans portrayed a final floor vote as a functional vote on gay marriage.

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