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Local reaction to MN gay marriage bill

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LA CROSSE, Wisconsin (WXOW)— The passage of a bill to allow gay marriage by the Minnesota House has some in the Wisconsin LGBT community hopeful.

If the marriage bill passes the Minnesota Senate and Gov. Mark Dayton signs it, those marriages would not be recognized in Wisconsin, where same sex marriage and civil unions are ban.

Still, Juliet Germanotta, a volunteer at the La Crosse LGBT Resource Center says the passage is a victory for the community as a whole.

"Hopefully [this is] a wake up call," Germanotta said. "Hopefully it'll make people here be like ok let's do it. Why should we stay back when we should move forward?"

Back in 2009 Wisconsin did pass a bill so same sex couples can register as domestic partners.

Some of the protections that provides is hospital visitation rights for same sex partners.

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