Minnesota Senate Approves Gay Marriage

Governor may sign into law as soon as tomorrow

By Newser Editors and Wire Services

Posted May 13, 2013 4:46 PM CDT

(Newser) – The Minnesota state Senate has voted to legalize gay marriage, putting the state on the brink of becoming the 12th to allow same-sex couples to marry. Today's vote sends the bill to Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton, who has promised to sign it and could do so tomorrow. The state Senate voted 37-30 to pass the bill. The bill passed the House last week. It allows same-sex weddings beginning August 1.

With Dayton's signature, Minnesota would be the first Midwestern state where elected representatives voted directly to allow gay marriage. Iowa has had gay marriage since 2009, but that was due to a court ruling. Just six months ago, Minnesota voters rejected an effort to ban gay marriage in the state constitution.

A gay marriage supporter waves the US. flag and a rainbow flag as supporters and opponents of Minnesota's gay marriage bill gather in the State Capitol Rotunda to take up the issue.
A gay marriage supporter waves the US. flag and a rainbow flag as supporters and opponents of Minnesota's gay marriage bill gather in the State Capitol Rotunda to take up the issue.   (Jim Mone)
Supporters of Minnesota's gay marriage bill gather on the steps of the State Capitol in St. Paul as the Senate prepared to take up the issue Monday, May 13, 2013 in St. Paul, Minn. The bill passed the Minnesota House last week.
Supporters of Minnesota's gay marriage bill gather on the steps of the State Capitol in St. Paul as the Senate prepared to take up the issue Monday, May 13, 2013 in St. Paul, Minn. The bill passed the...   (Jim Mone)
Supporters and opponents of Minnesota's gay marriage bill gather in the State Capitol  Rotunda in St. Paul as the Senate prepared to take up the issue, Monday, May 13, 2013 in St. Paul, Minn. The bill passed the Minnesota House last week.
Supporters and opponents of Minnesota's gay marriage bill gather in the State Capitol Rotunda in St. Paul as the Senate prepared to take up the issue, Monday, May 13, 2013 in St. Paul, Minn. The bill...   (Jim Mone)
Pavel Aponchik, right, expressed his opposition to Minnesota's gay marriage bill while supporters and opponents gathered at the State Capitol in St. Paul before the Senate prepared to take up the issue Monday, May 13, 2013 in St. Paul, Minn. The bill passed the Minnesota House last week.
Pavel Aponchik, right, expressed his opposition to Minnesota's gay marriage bill while supporters and opponents gathered at the State Capitol in St. Paul before the Senate prepared to take up the issue...   (Jim Mone)
A gay marriage supporter waves the U.S. flag and a rainbow flag as supporters and opponents of Minnesota's gay marriage bill gather in the State Capitol rotunda in St. Paul as the Senate prepared to take up the issue Monday, May 13, 2013 in St. Paul, Minn. The bill...
A gay marriage supporter waves the U.S. flag and a rainbow flag as supporters and opponents of Minnesota's gay marriage bill gather in the State Capitol rotunda in St. Paul as the Senate prepared to take...   (Jim Mone)
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