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BREAKING: Minn. to become 12th state to legalize same-sex marriage

Monday, May 13, 2013

ST. PAUL, Minn. — The Minnesota Senate voted moments ago to legalize same-sex marriage, the last legislative step before Gov. Mark Dayton’s promised signature will make the state the 12th in the U.S. to do so.

The Senate vote of 37-30 came four days after the House passed the bill on a 75-59 vote. A cheer erupted in the chamber after the vote was announced, and spectators in a small gallery area stood and applauded.

Thousands filled the Minnesota State Capitol as they waited for word that the Senate had passed the gay marriage bill Monday, May 13, 2013 in St. Paul, Minn.
Photos: Jim Mone, AP

Marriage equality supporters outside the Senate chamber on Monday.

Marriage equality supporters outside the Senate chamber on Monday.

Supporters outnumbered opponents in the State Capitol Rotunda in St. Paul on Monday while lawmakers voted on the marriage equality bill.

Minnesota will become the first state in the Midwest to make gay marriage legal via a legislative vote. Iowa legalized same-sex marriage in 2009 through a court ruling.

Last week, Dayton, a Democrat, called the bill “one of those society-changing breakthrough moments.”

The governor’s staff announced his plans just moments after the state Senate passed the bill Monday. Dayton will sign the bill at 5 p.m. with legislators and supporters on hand in a ceremony Tuesday evening on the front steps of the Capitol in St. Paul.

Under the legislation, gay couples will be able to get married starting on Aug. 1.

It’s a rapid turnaround for gay marriage backers, who just six months ago had to organize a massive effort to defeat a constitutional amendment that would have banned gay marriage. The groups who defeated the amendment quickly turned their attention to legalizing gay marriage, and their efforts were aided by Democrats capturing full control of state government in November.

In the last week and a half, Rhode Island and Delaware became the 10th and 11th states to legalize gay marriage. In Illinois, a gay marriage bill has cleared the state Senate but awaits a House vote.

The House vote last Thursday drew more than a thousand demonstrators representing both sides of the issue. Supporters of gay marriage say they just want same-sex couples to have the same legal protections and societal validation that straight couples get with marriage.

Opponents say gay marriage undermines an important societal building block that benefits children, and also exposes people opposed on moral grounds to charges of bigotry.

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26 more reader comments:

  1. Great Job Minn.

    Posted on Monday, May 13, 2013 at 2:21pm
  2. great, now Bachman can leave your state….congrats…..

    Posted on Monday, May 13, 2013 at 2:21pm
  3. YYYAYYYYY!!!!!!!!!!!!! :D

    Posted on Monday, May 13, 2013 at 2:22pm
  4. now will it be illegal for her closeted husband to counsel with praying the gay away!?!?

    Posted on Monday, May 13, 2013 at 2:24pm
  5. great point Barb!!!

    Posted on Monday, May 13, 2013 at 2:25pm
  6. I am going to need these southern states to get it together

    Posted on Monday, May 13, 2013 at 2:26pm
  7. Next Pennsylvania hopefully :)

    Posted on Monday, May 13, 2013 at 2:28pm
  8. now we need ohio n the rest of the states to do it

    Posted on Monday, May 13, 2013 at 2:28pm
  9. Was only a matter of time.

    Posted on Monday, May 13, 2013 at 2:29pm
  10. Wooohoooo

    Posted on Monday, May 13, 2013 at 2:29pm
  11. Let’s send them off in style!!! (And quickly, please God!!!)

    Posted on Monday, May 13, 2013 at 2:30pm
  12. It took a lot of hard work, but we are proud of our legislature!

    Posted on Monday, May 13, 2013 at 2:34pm
  13. Gay is great!

    Posted on Monday, May 13, 2013 at 2:38pm
  14. I love my sister but am prevented from having an intimate relationship with her due to incest laws. What have you done to support my quest for equality? You said it’s no one else’s business as long as we are happy. Well we are. And yet it’s still illegal.

    Posted on Monday, May 13, 2013 at 2:46pm
  15. I’m disappointed in you, Illinois lawmakers. Liars.

    Posted on Monday, May 13, 2013 at 3:10pm
  16. Yay!

    Posted on Monday, May 13, 2013 at 3:18pm
  17. :)..now come on California lets get on board..

    Posted on Monday, May 13, 2013 at 3:20pm
  18. Way to go Minnesota, I’m happy for you. <3

    Posted on Monday, May 13, 2013 at 3:24pm
  19. this is so cool

    Posted on Monday, May 13, 2013 at 3:30pm
  20. that’ll take a while definitely…smh

    Posted on Monday, May 13, 2013 at 5:13pm
  21. The Arch of History is Moving Yet Again Towards JUSTICE!

    Posted on Monday, May 13, 2013 at 5:26pm
  22. Yay!!!!!!

    Posted on Monday, May 13, 2013 at 5:35pm
  23. Anything I can do to help out?

    Posted on Monday, May 13, 2013 at 6:19pm
  24. Thank you, Minnesota! <3

    Posted on Monday, May 13, 2013 at 9:43pm
  25. 38 more to go! Hope it happens!

    Posted on Tuesday, May 14, 2013 at 7:57am
  26. Way to go Minnesota!!!

    Posted on Tuesday, May 14, 2013 at 9:41am