The effort to pass marriage equality legislation in Minnesota became bipartisan this week when Republican state Sen. Branden Petersen said he would become a co-sponsor. "It's awesome. I think it also allows a lot of space for other legislators to consider the same," said Sen. Scott Dibble, a Democrat and the openly gay lead sponsor of the bill. Other Republicans are reportedly considering a strategy in which they support civil unions but not marriage rights for same-sex couples.

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