2014 In Review // Local: News, Sports Nat'l: News, Sports, Entertainment, Talkers | Top 20 Most Read Stories 

Local

4 In Minn. House GOP Break Ranks On Gay Marriage

View Comments
(credit: CBS)

(credit: CBS)

Get Breaking News First

Receive News, Politics, and Entertainment Headlines Each Morning.
Sign Up
Today's Most Popular Video
  1. 1 Man Dies, Another Missing In Lake Superior
  2. Monticello Church Shares How Its Pay It Forward Challenge Went
  3. Nat'l Guardswoman Makes Difficult Choice To Leave Newborn For Kuwait
  4. 4 Things To Know For Dec. 24, 2014
  5. Consumer Reports Releases Annual Car Value Ranking

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — 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.

(© Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

View Comments
blog comments powered by Disqus
Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 2,535 other followers