— Governor Mark Dayton (@GovMarkDayton) May 13, 2013
Minn. Senate OKs gay marriage; Gov expected to sign
USA Today, May 13 2013
Last week, Dayton, a Democrat, called the bill “one of those society-changing breakthrough moments.” Aides said he was likely to sign the legislation in a ceremony Tuesday evening on the front steps of the Capitol in St. Paul.
Under the legislation, gay couples will be able to get married starting on Aug. 1.
It’s a rapid turnaround for gay marriage backers, who just six months ago had to organize a massive effort to defeat a constitutional amendment that would have banned gay marriage. The groups who defeated the amendment quickly turned their attention to legalizing gay marriage, and their efforts were aided by Democrats capturing full control of state government in November.
In the last week and a half, Rhode Island and Delaware became the 10th and 11th states to legalize gay marriage. In Illinois, a gay marriage bill has cleared the state Senate but awaits a House vote.