(CNN) - Minnesota is expected to become the twelfth state to legalize same-sex marriage after the state Senate on Monday voted 37-30 in favor of approving it.
Gov. Mark Dayton has said he would sign the bill. After the vote, he posted online, "Join us tomorrow as we make history on the Capitol steps."
The bill follows a failed attempt last year to define marriage as between one man and one woman with an amendment to the state constitution.
The state House approved the measure last Thursday.
The Human Rights Campaign, which supports same-sex marriage rights, applauded the vote, saying, "Voters in Minnesota brought anti-equality efforts to a screeching halt on Election Day, and today state leaders in St. Paul made it clear that all Minnesota families are equal in the eyes of the law."
The divisive issue drew crowds to Washington earlier this year when the Supreme Court heard arguments on a federal and state marriage law. The court heard challenges to the federal Defense of Marriage Act, which defines marriage as between one man and one woman, and to California's Proposition 8, a 2008 ban on same-sex marriage approved by voters.
The 11th state to legalize same-sex marriage, Delaware, did so last week.
Another small bit of progress. For those opposed, do you have any friends that are gay? Once you get past your own prejudice and get to know them, you discover that gay people are just as human as the rest of us. They worry about their jobs and mortgages, they love their country, and they mistrust politicians.
Thank you Minnesota. Once again, logic, fairness and equality prevail. The sky will not fall, no one's marriage will be devalued, children will still grow up happy and healthy as they ever did and the only souls who will feel bad are the ones who believe that they should have the right to tell others how to live.
Well done, MN!
And I hope, for your sake, Ms. Bachmann makes good on her threat to leave your state. Hopefully she'll leave the country once marriage equality is nationwide.
Congratulations Minnesota! All eyes on the Democrat-controlled Illinois State house.
Thank you Senators! It is a great day to be a Minnesotan!
I'll bet Bachmann's hubby is having a hithy fit. Marcuth can cure that you know.
(It's how he gets his lists of dates).
Great job MN. This will still take a long time to become law in the theocratic red states. :(
I shouldn't have had to do a search to find this news story on your site. This is news – cover it as such!
Way to once again bury the news, CNN. First you hide Delaware now Minnesota. Not covering it – or burying it in The Ticker doesn't mean it didn't happen...
And another domino falls. Time to make it national. The United States IS, not the United States ARE.
Equal rights for Gays is coming. Hope the Supreme Court does the same in June. All Gays want are equal rights to raise families and have committed relationships. Why the anti-Gay hate from the bible thumpers is beyond coomon sense people.
Good for them- but we cannot stop holding the bigots' heels to the fire until all states have legalized it.
SCOTUS must be mindful of the extent to which SSM is becoming legal and socially/politically acceptable in this country. I would be surprised if the spread of legalization does not influence Kennedy and Roberts. The more states, and the more of our population, who live under legal SSM, the more unequal the protection of people in those marriages when they move to non-SSM states or deal with the Federal government. The time is now!
I can't wait until I can have more than one spouse. No legal reason I can't. It's anything goes now.
So a sandwich buyer being in a "pickle over a pickle" is more significant then another state legalizing gay marriage?
Is there a reason CNN has caved in to the FOX trolls who come here to post on their forums?
Sorry, CNN, but two states legalizing gay marriage within one week of each other deserves more than you guys burying the story as much as possible.
Now an even dozen, and county Washington DC, more than a quarter of the states on board. Sooner or later...but there will be holdouts. We all know who they'll be, but it's going to get there...one step at a time.
Let the epic tears from the Republican loons begin!
Well at least there is some good news this week.
More weeping and gnashing of teeth by the right wing to follow... Love it!
I support Glad
We are smart animals that reproduce $exually. Natural selection has chosen 2 person,monogamous, marriage between 1 member of each gender, reinforced by extended family & tribe as the optimum way to a$sure survival of our species. For that reason, Judeo-Christian tradition recgnizes marriage as a religious sacrament for the mutual benefit of the spouses, & the co-creation, with God, of new life which is to be raised, nurtured & taught in God's law. By definition, marriage is hetero$exual.
Step by step conservatism is being redifined to the left.