The tide keeps coming in: the Minnesota House has now scheduled a floor debate on legalizing civil marriage for gay couples. And the omens look good:
House Speaker Paul Thissen has said that the bill would not be brought to a vote unless they had secured the 68 votes that would be needed to pass the legislation. A number of DFL lawmakers representing districts that supported last fall’s proposed constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage have voiced their support of the marriage equality bill in recent weeks.
The governor has said he will sign the bill and the Senate is regarded as friendlier toward it than the House. Delaware looks set to legalize marriage equality today – following Rhode Island. That would be three more states in a few weeks.