No. 12: Gay Marriage Legal in Minnesota
Gov. Dayton signs law day after it cleared the state Senate
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted May 14, 2013 5:29 PM CDT
Sen. Scott Dibble and partner Richard Leyva hold hands as they listen to debate in the Minnesota House on the gay marriage bill May 9 in St. Paul.   (AP Photo/Jim Mone)

(Newser) – Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton signed a bill today that legalizes gay marriage, making the state the 12th to do so. Cheering spectators filled the south lawn of the state Capitol for the outdoor ceremony, with rainbow and American flags fluttering in a sweltering breeze. Dayton's signature came one day after the state Senate approved the measure. The first same-sex marriages will take place in the state on Aug. 1. (Nevada is considering joining the club, and the Advocate has videos of kids testifying in favor of the move last week.)