Minnesota Set to Allow Same-Sex Marriages

by Nate Wooley | May 14, 2013 9:44 am

NewLetters Minnesota Set to Allow Same Sex Marriages[1]Minnesota 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[2].

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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Endnotes:
  1. [Image]: http://investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/NewLetters.jpg
  2. the Associated Press reports: http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/U/US_XGR_GAY_MARRIAGE_MINNESOTA?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT&CTIME=2013-05-14-07-49-31
  3. Delaware Is Eleventh State to Legalize Same-Sex Marriage: http://investorplace.com/investorpolitics/delaware-is-eleventh-state-to-legalize-same-sex-marriage/
  4. Rep. Paul Ryan Now Supports Gay Adoptions: http://investorplace.com/investorpolitics/rep-paul-ryan-now-supports-gay-adoptions/
  5. Starbucks CEO Doesn’t Want Your Money If You’re Against Gay Marriage: http://investorplace.com/2013/03/starbucks-ceo-doesnt-want-your-money-if-youre-against-gay-marriage/
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