GOP Lawmaker Gives Teary-Eyed Lament After Gay Marriage Passes Minn. House

After a bill to pass same-sex marriage in Minnesota cleared an important hurdle on Thursday, a Republican lawmaker wept and said her “heart breaks” for the state. 

Following the bill’s passage in the Democratic-controlled state House of Represenatives, state Rep. Peggy Scott (R) grew emotional on the floor of the chamber.

“My heart breaks for Minnesota. It’s a divisive issue that divides our state,” Scott said as she wiped tears from her face, according to the Minneapolis Star Tribune. “It’s not what we needed to be doing at this time. We want to come together for the state of Minnesota, we don’t want to divide it.”

The bill will now move to the Democratic-controlled state Senate, where it is poised to pass on Monday. Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton (D) has vowed to sign the bill into law.

 

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