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Minnesota Set to Allow Same-Sex Marriages

Governor to sign bill in front of the Capitol


NewLettersMinnesota Gov. Mark Dayton is set to sign a bill that permits same-sex marriage this afternoon.

The bill — which passed the legislature on Monday — will be signed at 5 p.m. this afternoon on the front steps of Minnesota’s Capitol building, the Associated Press reports.

Minnesota becomes the 12th state to legalize same-sex marriage in the U.S. and the third — Both Delaware and Rhode Island passed same-sex marriage laws this month — in 10 days. Minnesota becomes the first state in the Midwest to allow same-sex marriage by legislation rather than through the courts or other methods.

As recently as last November, a referendum in Minnesota that would have banned same-sex marriage went down in defeat. After that effort failed, groups that organized against it shifted to promoting the bill that eventually legalized same-sex marriage in the state.

It won’t be a long wait for couples to marry. The bill marks Aug. 1 as the first date on which same-sex couples can be legally wed.

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