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Advocates for both sides chant, sing and plead while the Minnesota House takes up a same-sex marriage bill Thursday in St. Paul, Minn.
A historic vote Thursday in the House positioned that state to become the 12th in the country to allow gay marriages and the first in the Midwest to pass such a law out of its Legislature. Lawmakers approved it 75-59, a critical step for the measure that would allow same-sex weddings beginning this summer.
It's a startling shift in the state, where just six months earlier voters turned back an effort to ban gay marriage in the Minnesota Constitution.