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Minnesota Gov. Signs Marriage Equality Into Law

Minnesota Gov. Signs Marriage Equality Into Law


The Democratic governor's signature makes Minnesota the 12th U.S. state to embrace the freedom to marry.

On the front steps of the state capitol in St. Paul, Minnesota governor Mark Dayton signed a marriage equality bill into law Tuesday at 5 p.m. Central time, just one day after the state House approved the legislation with one Republican joining the entire Democratic caucus in supporting the bill.

When same-sex couples in Minnesota begin marrying August 1, Minnesota will officially become the 12th state -- in addition to Washington, D.C. -- in the U.S. to enact marriage equality. With the governor's signature, Minnesota also becomes the first Midwestern state to legalize same-sex marriage through the legislature, since marriage equality came to Iowa as the result of a unanimous ruling by the state Supreme Court in 2009.

The Minnesota House of Representatives approved House File 1054, the marriage equality bill, by a bipartisan vote of 75-59 last Thursday. Four House Republicans joined Democrats voting in favor of the bill.

In November 2012, Minnesota voters rejected a proposed state constitutional amendment that would have banned marriage for same-sex couples, only the second time an electorate had rejected such an antigay proposal.

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