Photo/Video Blog of the Same-Sex Marriage Victory At The Capitol

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The UpTake team (Jason Barnett, Nick Coleman, Allison Herrera, Hlee Lee, Analiese Miller and Mike McIntee) was place to cover today’s historic Senate vote on same-sex marriage.

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Same-sex marriage supporters declared, 'We have your back!' to the senators and representatives who supported the bill.

Minnesota United Executive Director Richard Carlbom announced,'We did it!'

Sen. Scott Dibble and husband Richard Leyva celebrate the success of passing the same-sex marriage bill. 'I'm gonna be a married man in Minnesota!,' Dibble declared.

Sen. Scott Dibble and Rep. Karen Clark emerge from the Senate Chambers to a large crowd after the same-sex marriage bill passes.

The crowd reacts as the Minnesota Senate votes on the same-sex marriage bill.

John Helmberger from Minnesota for Marriage talks with the UpTake about why he doesn’t support the same-sex marriage bill.

Sarah Aylward of Richfield, MN adds her voice to the large crowd gathered in the Capitol rotunda.

Sophia Kahn of St. Paul and Matt Sato of Maplewood proudly show their support for same-sex marriage among the opposing group.

A large crowd on both sides of the same-sex marriage debate gathered early today on the steps of the Capitol.

Minnesota State Auditor Rebecca Otto joins the crowd watching the Senate debate the same-sex marriage bill.

Another packed house at the state Capitol as the Minnesota Senate takes up the bill for same-sex marriage.

St. Paul residents (left to right) Sieglinde and Theresa Waller and Adele Brown at the Capitol rotunda. 'I'm a Jew who believes we are all made in the image of god: straight and gay alike,' Brown said.

Sisters Melissa and Lindsay Bownik from Minneapolis, MN show their support for their mother and all the other GLBTQ people who want to get married in Minnesota.

Duane Olson and Jason Sheedy join the crowd in the Capitol rotunda. 'This is an important step for gay people to show they can live full lives with equality and love,' they said.

Rev. Luke Stevens-Royer from the White Bear Lake Unitarian Universalist Church spends another day offering encouragement and helping to keep the spirits of same-sex marriage supporters up at the Capitol.

Will Bernstrom (wrapped in rainbow flag) is a transplant to Mankato, MN. 'As an Alabama native, I never thought I'd see the day where my state viewed my love as equal,' he said.

Gabriela Zamora of Minneapolis stands with family members beneath a statue of pioneer Senator James Shields (renowned for an 1842 duel he and Abraham Lincoln called off at the last second) to make a last-ditch stand against same-sex marriage. 'It doesn't matter what they do,' Zamora said. 'Kids are kids, and sooner or later they are going to ask where their moms and dads are.'

Sen. Scott Dibble makes his way into the Senate Chambers for the hearing on the same-sex marriage bill.

Members of the Minnesota for Marriage Campaign and the opposition to the same-sex marriage bill prayed before the senate took up the bill.

St. Paul’s Wabasha Streets Bridge is newly re-named “Freedom to Marry Bridge”

NEXT PAGE: Photos and Videos from the MAY 9th House debate and passage of Same-sex marriage

AMEN, EVERYBODY!!!!
The crowd in the Capitol Rotunda sings “Amen.”

Ecstatic supporters celebrate Thursday’s passage of a same-sex marriage law by the MN House:


Gretchen and Kat Campbell-Johnson were married in Iowa two years ago. Although neither are from Minnesota, both have been active in the campaign to legalize same sex marriage. 'We love it here and we want to stay here. We hope we don't have to move away and move to a state that recognizes our marriage. We have to stay here and have our full relationship here,' Kat said. Photo by Hlee Lee


A group of interfaith same-sex marriage supporters gathered to pray just as the vote was taken. Here they are as word reaches the rotunda that the House has passed the bill. Photo by Hlee Lee

Brad Weber of Eden Prairie celebrates the vote on same-sex marriage by waving a large photo of himself with husband Ryan, left, and their sons, Kyle and Josh. The couple was married 10 years ago this summer and plans an early celebration: "We're going out tonight," he said, choking with emotion. photo by nick coleman


Many protesters who want to keep marriage between a man and woman cite religion as the reason to support their cause. Those on the other side make it known that they are both religious and supportive of same-sex marriage. Photos by Hlee Lee


Children of supporters on both sides accompany adults to the capital. Photos by Hlee Lee

Passionate activists on both sides of the issue brought home-made signs to the capital as the House discusses same-sex marriage. Photo by Hlee Lee

Home-schooled kids from Waverly, Minn., brought signs opposing the same-sex marriage bill. The kids' names, in no particular order: Joe, Paul, Amy, Reid, Benjamin, Gabriel and Wade IV. One of their moms, Julie Halvorson, said the kids were on a field trip and were not bothered by the noise in the Capitol, or by the possibility that the same-sex law will be approved. "You always stand up for what is right," she said. "That's today's lesson." photo by nick coleman

Historic Family Day: Randi Reitan, a long-time activist for marriage equality, poses with her gay son, Jake (in the back), her daughter, Britta (holding baby Annika), while holding her grandson, Oliver, 3, while Emily Engel takes their photo for the family. "Today is a day we've longed for, for so many years," Reitan said. "Not only for Jake's freedom to marry, but for his dignity as a human being." photo by nick coleman

A statue of the hero of Gettysburg, Col. William Colville, looks on (rear, right) as opponents and supporters of same-sex marriage square off (actually, "round" off), in the Capitol Rotunda, chanting and counter-chanting, as, nearby, the Minnesota House of Representatives begins an emotional debate. photo by nick coleman

Security was tighter than usual at the Capitol, where clusters of state Troopers, and a K-9 team stood by. No trouble has been observed. photo by Hlee Lee.

The old arguments resurfaced at times. Some sexual preferences are still wrong in the minds of some people. But that view was not a majority one. photo by hlee lee

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