Five states - including Wisconsin - are joining Minnesota in legalizing same-sex marriage. That's after the U.S. Supreme court today (Monday) refused to hear appeals from those states seeking to prohibit gay marriage.
The national momentum on gay marriage has been limited mostly to the East and West coasts, but it looks like that's about to change. The Minnesota House votes Thursday on legalizing gay marriage, and Gov. Mark Dayton could be signing a bill as early as next week.
The Minnesota House has scheduled a Thursday debate and floor vote on the bill to legalize same-sex marriage in the state. Jake Loesch is a spokesman for the organization Minnesotans United - the group that supports gay marriage. He says he thinks the votes are there for it to pass in the House.
A Democratic state senator seen as a swing vote on gay marriage says he'll vote to make it legal in Minnesota. Sen. Kent Eken represents a northwestern Minnesota district that backed last fall's gay marriage ban by 53 percent.
Hundreds of gay marriage supporters are swarming the Capitol in hopes of winning over lawmakers whose votes if the bill comes up for a vote at the Capitol. Several groups pushing for legal gay marriage are holding a lobby day Thursday.
A Minnesota Senate committee has approved a bill that would legalize gay marriage in the state. The bill was endorsed Tuesday on a 5 to 3 party-line vote in the Senate Judiciary Committee with all Democrats in favor and all Republicans opposed.