“Today, love wins,” said Sen. Tony Lourey, DFL-Kerrick, who voted for the Senate bill to legalize same-sex marriage in a historic vote, 37-30, May 13. The Minnesota House approved a similar bill last week.
Gov. Mark Dayton signed the bill into law 5 p.m. May 14, in a ceremony on the steps of the Capitol. The law will take effect August 1. Minnesota is the 12th state in the nation to legalize same-sex marriage.
In the signing ceremony Dayton remarked on the country’s founding principles as set forth in the Declaration of Independence and 14th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. He said, “Since then, our country’s most important progress has been to extend those equal rights and protection to everyone. That profess has often been difficult, controversial, and initially divisive. However, it has always been the next step ahead to fulfilling this country’s promise to every American.
“It is now my honor to sign into law this next step for the state of Minnesota to fulfill its promise to every Minnesotan.”
The bill was sponsored by Sen. Scott Dibble, DFL-Minneapolis, and uses “civil marriage” for all state-recognized marriages, whether same- or opposite-sex marriages.
Voting for the House bill were representatives of Districts 11A and 11B, Mike Sundin and Tim Faust.