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Minnesota to Become 12th State with Marriage Equality

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Minnesota has approved marriage equality after several hours of debate in the state Senate and a vote of 37-30. It will become the 12th state in the nation (with the District of Columbia) to offer its citiizens the freedom to marry.

MinnesotaThe House passed the bill last week in a 75-59 vote.

Minnesota is also the first state in the midwest to pass marriage equality by an act of the legislature. Iowa's marriage equality law was ushered in by the state Supreme Court.

The Star Tribune reports:

"It's historic and I can never be so proud of this body and of Minnesotans," said Sen. Jeff Hayden, DFL-Minneapolis. On the Senate floor, Hayden said that his wife is white and noted that just 50 years ago, his loving relationship would have been barred.

Three Democrats – Sens. LeRoy Stumpf, Dan Sparks and Lyle Koenen –  voted against the bill. One Republican, Sen. Branden Petersen, voted yes.

Up until the last moments, some opponents had hoped the bill would fail despite clear indications that it would head to the Dayton’s desk.

Sen. Dan Hall, R-Burnsville, said up until the last he was praying for a miracle and the Senate to reject the bill.
“Some people have said that they are concerned about being on the right side of history. I am more concerned about being on the right side of eternity,” said Hall.

Governor Mark Dayton will sign the bill into law in a ceremony tomorrow at 5 pm on the steps of the state Capitol.

Watch the breaking news report on the vote from KSTP, AFTER THE JUMP...

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  1. And the dominoes continue to fall.

    Posted by: Howard | May 13, 2013 5:21:44 PM


  2. Next?

    Posted by: Howard | May 13, 2013 5:22:30 PM


  3. the last 2 speeches were really wonderful. As a proud Minnesotan, I hereby exercise my right to not get married to my boyfriend of 5 years. ^_^

    Posted by: Amaezm | May 13, 2013 5:22:30 PM


  4. Bravo, MN.

    Posted by: HirsuteHeuristics | May 13, 2013 5:23:38 PM


  5. I keep trying to make sure my state rep votes yes when it comes to the IL House for a vote. Hope that IL is soon the 13th state.

    Posted by: john patrick | May 13, 2013 5:24:29 PM


  6. Yay! Illinois better move its butt soon.

    What was the Rep/Dem split? Not to be a downer, but I was actually hoping the vote would be a little more lopsided.

    Posted by: Lars | May 13, 2013 5:27:09 PM


  7. Lars,only one Republican voted yes for the bill.
    I too am surprised there weren't a couple more.
    There were two Democrats that said they would be no votes.
    They weren't willing to take the risks the others did.

    Posted by: Kevin | May 13, 2013 5:28:48 PM


  8. Welcome to the club MN. Now the Midwest is ahead of the West Coast in terms of the number of states... time join Iowa and Minnesota, Illinois!

    Posted by: Cyclone | May 13, 2013 5:29:14 PM


  9. LOL @Amaezm

    Posted by: JONES | May 13, 2013 5:29:53 PM


  10. Congrats! I bet Marcus & Michele Bachmann just exploded in an evangelical furor.

    Posted by: secure214 | May 13, 2013 5:29:59 PM


  11. Lars -- One Republican voted for and I think that means three Dems voted against.

    Posted by: chris | May 13, 2013 5:30:52 PM


  12. Interesting fact: House was 56% for and 44% against, Senate was 55% for and 45% against. But WOO HOO, a win is a win!! Congrats to Minnesota for all the hard work and being number 12. Illinois, the ball is in your court...

    Posted by: RONTEX | May 13, 2013 5:30:57 PM


  13. Will CNN provide live coverage of Michelle Bachmans brain exploding?

    Posted by: Swiminbuff | May 13, 2013 5:31:41 PM


  14. Marcus is somewhere trying on her wedding dress as we speak.

    Posted by: JONES | May 13, 2013 5:34:01 PM


  15. As executive director of my organization, I now announce a new million dollar campaign called "it is getting worse".

    Posted by: Brian | May 13, 2013 5:36:54 PM


  16. Chris is correct. Thirty-six of 39 Dems voted for equality today while 27 of 28 Republicans voted for bigotry and discrimination. Notably, many of the same Repugs who just a year ago voted to enshrine their side's position in the state constitution now had the nerve to chide Dems for taking up such a "divisive" issue and implored Dems to consider how this law will make people on their side of the issue feel. They certainly weren't singing that tune last year.

    Very proud to be a native Minnesotan and a Democrat (or DFLer, as Minnesotans would say) today.

    Posted by: Patric | May 13, 2013 5:41:41 PM


  17. Today's vote in the Minnesota state Senate was more of a formality but the speeches were really powerful, emotional, heartfelt and inspiring. Amazing to witness history. Proud of Minnesota, congrats to all Minnesotans! These laws help so many feel welcome and appreciated and of course, brings thousands of couples closer to equality.

    @Howard, next is *maybe* Illinois. Equality supporters in the state are getting desperate because they know time is running out and the Illinois House is gridlocked on other issues. There's fear now a vote won't happen at all in Illinois.

    Outside of Illinois, our eyes turn to DOMA/Prop 8. We really don't have true marriage equality until/unless we get a good result in SCOTUS. I read that SCOTUS is probably going to issue as non-expansive a ruling as possible because they want this issue to be worked out on a state-to-state level and without risking backlash against our community, as what has happened regarding abortion. We'll see what happens, but right now, I'm excited as we've won in three states in three weeks!

    Posted by: Francis #1 | May 13, 2013 5:42:21 PM


  18. I'm impressed they have come along way in a very short time. Congrats and i`m proud.

    Posted by: nn | May 13, 2013 5:43:58 PM


  19. Congrats! Meanwhile, Illinois lags behind like a loser even though it has the third biggest city in the country.

    Posted by: Diana | May 13, 2013 5:45:52 PM


  20. LeRoy Stumpf, Dan Sparks, and Lyle Koenen. These Three Democrats voted against the marriage amendment.
    When we look out for Democrats to protect,these three shouldn't be on it.

    Posted by: Kevin | May 13, 2013 5:52:45 PM


  21. Hooray, Minnesotans are of good stock.

    Posted by: barney | May 13, 2013 5:57:50 PM


  22. I am happy for gays in Minnesota. It will be great if Illinois follows. What will be pathetic is if the Supreme Court fails to recognize its responsibility to a minority in this country and forces those of us in the brain-dead-backward-Bible-belt to live the rest of our lives as second class citizens in our pathetically stupid states.

    Posted by: candideinnc | May 13, 2013 5:59:58 PM


  23. I was a little surprised it was 37-30; I expected it to be a wider margin, I thought the Senate was the one where the margin would be totally clear yet the House vote was, one could say, more impressive.

    It will be important for Minnesotans to fight for their equality-minded legislators who are in districts where their vote could very well end up costing them their job to a Republican. Allowing Republicans to retake any control in the state will lead to vulnerability so it's important to support and fight for these legislators that voted for equality.

    I took Minnesota for granted because it's a Midwest state without thinking of their politics. Minnesota is probably the most truly liberal Midwest state and Democrats control both chambers so we shouldn't be too surprised. Exciting nonetheless!

    Posted by: Francis #1 | May 13, 2013 6:00:45 PM


  24. I was a little surprised it was 37-30; I expected it to be a wider margin, I thought the Senate was the one where the margin would be totally clear yet the House vote was, one could say, more impressive.

    It will be important for Minnesotans to fight for their equality-minded legislators who are in districts where their vote could very well end up costing them their job to a Republican. Allowing Republicans to retake any control in the state will lead to vulnerability so it's important to support and fight for these legislators that voted for equality.

    I took Minnesota for granted because it's a Midwest state without thinking of their politics. Minnesota is probably the most truly liberal Midwest state and Democrats control both chambers so we shouldn't be too surprised. Exciting nonetheless!

    Posted by: Francis #1 | May 13, 2013 6:00:45 PM


  25. Evil Republicans must feel helpless. These states are falling like dominoes in our favor and we are doing it without the shi#head Republican votes.
    They only have themselves to blame - decades of spreading lies and stirring up hate about gay people has come back to bite them.
    We don't need them any more. Public opinion is on our side now. It won't change on this issue.

    FU#K YOU REPUBLICANS !

    Posted by: Icebloo | May 13, 2013 6:07:10 PM


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