DFL Swing Vote On Gay Marriage Says He’ll Support

WCCO | CBS Minnesota

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A Democratic state senator who holds what many have seen as a swing vote on Minnesota’s gay marriage bill said Tuesday that he will vote to legalize it.

Sen. Kent Eken represents a northwestern Minnesota district where 53 percent of voters backed last fall’s failed bid to outlaw same-sex marriage. He said he decided to support the current gay marriage bill after hearing from many constituents. He said that includes both straight and gay couples who want legal same-sex marriage rights, and many opponents who think it’s just a matter of time anyway.

“People are just becoming more accepting of it,” Eken said. “Even among many who are against it, there’s a feeling that it’s inevitable, that it’s going to happen.”

Eken, an educator and married father of four from Twin Valley, represents a district that includes Moorhead and small rural communities near the North…

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