John M. Becker

BREAKING: Minnesota Senate Passes Marriage Equality

Filed By John M. Becker | May 13, 2013 5:19 PM | comments

Filed in: Marriage Equality, Politics
Tags: gay marriage, marriage discrimination, marriage equality, Minnesota, same-sex marriage

minnesota_itstime.pngJust now, in a vote of 37-30, the Minnesota State Senate passed marriage equality.

Since the Senate adopted the language passed by the Minnesota House last week, the bill goes to pro-equality Democratic Governor Mark Dayton, who will sign it into law tomorrow at 5 p.m. Central Time. It will take effect on August 1.

Minnesota becomes the twelfth U.S. state to allow same-sex couples the freedom to marry. The full list:

  1. Massachusetts (May 2004)

  2. Connecticut (October 2008)

  3. Iowa (April 3, 2009)

  4. Vermont (April 7, 2009)

  5. New Hampshire (June 3, 2009)

  6. District of Columbia* (December 18, 2009)

  7. New York (June 2011)

  8. Maine (November 6, 2012)

  9. Maryland (November 6, 2012)

  10. Washington (November 6, 2012)

  11. Rhode Island (May 2, 2013)

  12. Delaware (May 7, 2013)

  13. Minnesota (May 13, 2013)

* Not a U.S. state

Here's a screen grab of the final Senate vote today:
Image via David Badash of the New Civil Rights Movement.

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