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For Minn. gay marriage sponsors, it’s personal

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) – When Gov. Mark Dayton adds his signature to the bill legalizing gay marriage in Minnesota, its two main sponsors will stand triumphantly beside him,

Rep. Karen Clark and Sen. Scott Dibble will be admiring the fruits of their long and often demoralizing struggle for gay rights.

Both Minneapolis Democrats are gay, and Tuesday’s signing ceremony on the state Capitol’s front steps will allow Clark to marry her partner of 24 years in the only state where she’s ever lived.

Dayton’s signing of the bill will make Minneapolis the 12th state to legalize gay marriage and the first Midwestern state to do so by a legislative vote.

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