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
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)

(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.

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May 14, 2013 9:15 AM CDT
America is becoming civilized.
May 14, 2013 1:40 AM CDT
Congratulations Minnesota! Way to do! :-)
May 13, 2013 11:15 PM CDT
Why are they so ashamed of be called homosexual? I guess the truth hurts! Why would a state want to promote homosexuality? What is sex education going to teach in school? Why would they pass laws to protect 1-3 percent of the populous that is perverted? Does this mean men can use women's rest rooms and locker rooms? Does this mean women can use mens rest rooms and locker rooms? Calling a homosexual a gay person is kind of like calling a pedophile a baby sitter.