ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Members of the MN Senate had a night to sleep on House approval of same sex marriage when they arrived for session just after noon on Friday. The group of 67 lawmakers will take up the legislation on Monday.
KARE 11 caught up with 32 Senators as they headed in for an afternoon floor session. 15 told us they were prepared to vote yes on the same sex marriage bill, 11 said they'd vote no, and 6 either hadn't decided or didn't have time to chat on their way into the chamber.
Among those undecided were Senator Julianne Ortman, a Republican from Chanhassen, and Senator David Senjem, a GOPer from Rochester. "We'll decide on Monday, we'll decide on Monday," Sen. Senjem said. "I'm still looking at amendments so I really haven't made up my mind yet," Sen. Ortman explained.
Bill Sponsor, DFL Senator Scott Dibble of Minneapolis, was cautiously optimistic his plan would pass on Monday. "I don't want to jinx it but I think we have the votes to pass. However, I also have a sense we'll have more votes than we think," Sen. Dibble said.
Sen. Dan Hall, a Republican from Burnsville, also believed there were sufficient votes to pass the bill that he opposes. "There's always a chance. I think there are a lot of people that are out there praying and you never know. I believe in miracles and it'll take a miracle," Hall concluded.
KARE 11 emailed another 24 Senators as they went about the business of debating legislation on the Senate floor. 4 of them replied, with another 3 yes votes and 1 "no comment." The total from our informal check of Senators was 18 will vote yes, 11 will say no, and there were 7 no decisions/no comments.
Chances are the decision of all 67 Senators will be on the board on Monday.