ST. PAUL, Minn. - As the chants and songs bounced around the state capitol rotunda, Minnesota State Troopers shuffled around trying to keep aisles open so lawmakers and media members could move around the massive crowd.
When Senators finally cast their final votes, the crowd of thousands exploded in triumph.
"It's awesome. It's so nice for families to get married. You can marry the person you love here now. It's so sweet to know that," 9-year-old Noa Simon Latz explained, standing next to her father, Rabbi Michael Latz.
"This is amazing. This is the best of what Minnesota is all about. Love and commitment," the Rabbi said.
Missing from the moment were Latz's husband Michael Simon and their other daughter, Liat. The four met up at their home a few hours after the vote. Prominently displayed over their fireplace was a large portrait taken from their wedding day in Toronto last summer.
"There is something that feels different," Rabbi Latz said.
"For us and the girls as well, it gives us the feeling of security knowing we now have what many other couples have as well. That's worth a lot," Simon said.
After the vote, Republican Sen. Paul Gazelka, of Nisswa, retreated back to his office in the State Office Building, where he chatted with supporters and religious leaders from his district. Gazelka has been one of the bill's most vocal opponents.
"If I'm standing against something I think is not good for our state but recognize that there's a person in pain, those are some of the issues that we all have to deal with is how do we wrestle with this?" he told KARE 11.
Gazelka says he reached out to same-sex marriage bill sponsor Scott Dibble before the debate on Monday and plans to move past the vote on Tuesday, ready to tackle the next order of business.
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