Gay Marriage Legal in MN – Effective August 1

May 13, 2013 at 6:16 pm by: nancy a heitzeg Category: Civil Rights, Intersectionality, LGBTQ

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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.

nancy a heitzeg
nancy a heitzeg

I know there are many other LGBTQ issues beyond marriage -- but this a HUGE victory for Movement.. Everywhere

we went from facing down a Constitutional Amendment upholding hetero marriage last Nov -- became the first in the Nation to defeat one of these and now a whiplash use of those organizing efforts to legalize gay marriage today

Thanks to all -- thanks Gov Dayton -- led the charge really

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@nancy a heitzeg Awesome news Nancy.  Now maybe Michelle Bachman will exile herself.