The Minnesota Senate is expected to give final approval Monday to a marriage-equality bill, which would make the state the 12th, along with the District of Columbia, to allow same-sex couples to marry. The state House passed the bill Thursday by a vote of 75-59, and with the support of four Republican lawmakers. The bill was sponsored by openly lesbian Rep. Karen Clark, who spoke about the personal impacts of the measure. "She stood up and asked her colleagues to see her as their equal, and that's an incredibly powerful request," said Chuck Wolfe, president and CEO of the Victory Fund.

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