Another Minnesota House Committee Advances Marriage Equality

The Minnesota marriage equality bill took a pit stop this afternoon in the House Ways & Means Committee, where it passed by a voice vote. According to the Star-Tribune, which endorsed the legislation this weekend, the purpose for the additional committee’s consideration was the fact that 114 state employees would enroll their same-sex spouses in state benefits, which would cost $688,000, some of which would be supplemented by the issuing of marriage licenses. The Minnesota House Civil Law passed the bill 10-7 back in March, advancing it to the full House floor. A recent poll found that a 51 percent majority support marriage equality in Minnesota.