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Minnesota Senate votes to let public decide gay marriage

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ST. PAUL - Minnesota Republican senators do not want their state to become another Iowa.

Two years ago, Supreme Court justices in the state to the south unanimously overturned a law defining marriage as between one man and one woman, much like a law on Minnesota books. Minnesota Republicans took a step to avoiding an Iowa situation today by approving 38-27 a proposed state constitutional amendment to not allow gays to marry.

A similar bill awaits a House vote.

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