May 13, 2013 at 9:28 am
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - A festive mood among gay marriage supporters is taking hold at the state Capitol as a bill to legalize it nears its final hurdle.
Hundreds of proponents were arriving Monday hours before a state Senate vote. They lined the Capitol steps with cut-out hearts to create a path to the building for lawmakers.
A more solemn display was put forth by gay marriage opponents. One man placed a tombstone on the front lawn with the words ``R.I.P. MARRIAGE 2013.''
But that man, computer consultant Don Lee, of Eagan, said he fully expected the bill to pass.
If it does, it heads to Gov. Mark Dayton, who has said he will sign it as soon as Tuesday.
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