Minnesotans Cheer As Governor Mark Dayton Signs Marriage Equality Bill Into Law

mark daytonIt’s official, y’all!

Following a 37-30 vote in the Minnesota Senate yesterday, the bill that would soon make Minnesota the 12th state to legalize same-sex marriage was officially headed to it’s final destination: the desk of Governor Mark Dayton.

Dayton, a longtime supporter of marriage equality, made a celebration of the landmark event by holding a signing ceremony on the south steps of the Capitol just moments ago.

“What a day for Minnesota, and what a difference a year and election can make in our states,” Dayton told the cheering crowd before he signed the bill. “Last year there were concerns that marriage equality would be banned here forever. Now my signature will make it legal in two and a half months.”

Dayton’s signature on the bill will make Minnesota the first Midwestern state to legalize same-sex marriage by legislative vote, and the third state within the last month, following victories in Rhode Island and Delaware.

Now that the bill has been signed into law, it will take effect on August 1. Something tells us Minnesota’s ministers are in for a fabulous fourth quarter!

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  • A'alon

    You Go Minnesota!

  • yaoming

    Is that a picture of the Vatican behind him, or is the Minnesota capital building an exact replica of St. Peter’s in Rome?

  • Deepdow

    Straight from the “heartland” !

  • Dakotahgeo

    All the best to Minnesota and its GLBTIQ Community! Not to forget to thank the thousands upon thousands of straight allies who helped this miracle happen! Just… WOW!!!

  • Supernal

    @yaoming: This would be our State Capital in St. Paul, MN

  • Scott Johansen

    So proud of our LGBT community. With all the adversity each of us endured from our childhood… We are a strong, bold, united community full of a fighting spirit and courage! Love being a member of this community and proud to see all thw advancements we are making. But also looking forward to all the work ahead in years to come. This is such an exciting moment to be an LGBT considering all the stories we have to share about living in this time period for future LGBT folks.

  • Joetx

    See what happens when you get rid of RepubliCON majorities in both houses of the legislature AND the governor’s mansion?

    BTW, it was MN RepubliCONS in the legislature that put the constitutional amendment on the ballot last year.

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