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Minnesota Will Be 12th State to Legalize Same-Sex Marriage

PHOTO: The state Senate passed the bill legalizing gay marriage in Minnesota on Monday and Gov. Mark Dayton will make if official at a ceremony at the state Capitol this afternoon. CREDIT: Carlos Melia
PHOTO: The state Senate passed the bill legalizing gay marriage in Minnesota on Monday and Gov. Mark Dayton will make if official at a ceremony at the state Capitol this afternoon. CREDIT: Carlos Melia
May 14, 2013

ST. PAUL, Minn. - Minnesota will be the 12th state in the union to legalize same-sex marriage. Governor Mark Dayton is expected to sign the law at a ceremony this afternoon at the State Capitol, after the Senate approved it by a vote of 37 to 30 on Monday.

The sponsor was Senator Scott Dibble, whose same-sex marriage is currently not recognized in Minnesota.

"For thousands of families, life will be better," Dibble said of his measure. "We will be treating people fairly and we will be removing the barriers they have had to the full joys life has to offer. And in so doing, we strengthen ourselves and we strengthen our democracy."

Among those celebrating the passage is Connie Beckers of Minneapolis. She said this step provides equality to same-sex couples who are in love, and should also have a positive impact on gay and lesbian youth struggling with their feelings.

"I think that will help kids too at an early age, being more comfortable dealing with these issues as they come up," Beckers said. "I've known a lot of people that it's been really damaging for, where they didn't feel free to be who they were."

With the governor's signature today, same-sex couples in Minnesota will be able to legally get married starting August 1.

John Michaelson, Public News Service - MN