Update: The Senate has given a final vote to pass House Bill 2, passing it 19-11.
Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst asked Senators that "whether you're Christian, whether you're a person of faith, that we not forget to love each other." He said he felt goose bumps by seeing the orange and blue shirts in the gallery.
Update: The fate of House Bill 2 has been decided for now. The Texas Senate voted preliminarily 19 to 11 to pass the measure, without any amendments.
They need to give the bill a final vote before it would go to Gov. Rick Perry's desk for a signature.
In the last stretch of the night, senators gave most of their most impassioned statements when they gave their closing remarks.
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