Following in the footsteps of the House Ways & Means Committee Monday night, the Minnesota Senate Finance Committee voted today to advance the marriage equality legislation by a voice vote. Both chambers are now prepared for floor votes on the bills, and there is reason to be optimistic.
Senate Majority Leader Tom Bakk (DFL) said last week that he thinks the Senate has the necessary votes to pass it. House Speaker Paul Thissen (DFL) suggested he wouldn’t schedule a House vote unless it was sure to pass, and just this morning, the House Democratic Caucus announced it was scheduling a floor vote for Thursday. According to House Majority Leader Erin Murphy, “We are confident that we have the votes to pass it.” Depending on how soon the Senate schedules its vote, Minnesota could pass marriage equality before the end of the week.