Minnesota governor signs same-sex marriage bill into law
May 14th, 2013
07:46 PM ET
2 years ago

Minnesota governor signs same-sex marriage bill into law

(CNN) – Minnesota became the 12th state to legalize same-sex marriages Tuesday after Gov. Mark Dayton, a Democrat, signed a bill giving same-sex couples the right to marry.

"It's history," his Twitter account read, along with a photo of him signing the bill on the Capitol steps. The state Senate on Monday voted 37-30 in favor of approving the legislation.


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 Minnesota House approved the measure on Thursday.

The divisive issue drew crowds to Washington earlier this year when the U.S. 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 ban on same-sex marriage approved by voters.

The 11th state to legalize same-sex marriage, Delaware, did so last week.


Filed under: Minnesota • Same-sex marriage
soundoff (40 Responses)
  1. libiure

    congrats to the state of minnesota.......enjoy your new freedom and additional revenue that will be generated ....

    capitalism only works in a free market.....less government control and more personal freedom ....

    May 14, 2013 07:59 pm at 7:59 pm |
  2. Me

    Very sad day for that state...

    May 14, 2013 08:12 pm at 8:12 pm |
  3. David

    I have never been prouder of my home state! Congratulations to those legislators who were brave enough to cast their vote for equality, and thank you to everyone who made this a reality!

    May 14, 2013 08:15 pm at 8:15 pm |
  4. DENNA

    Good for them. It's about time.

    May 14, 2013 08:18 pm at 8:18 pm |
  5. Andy Daniel

    12 down, 38 to go.

    May 14, 2013 08:27 pm at 8:27 pm |
  6. markiejoe

    Excellent! Congrats to Minnesota.

    May 14, 2013 08:36 pm at 8:36 pm |
  7. Bob

    Sometimes I feel like our country has been taken over by militant Christians, but this give me some hope for the future.

    May 14, 2013 08:37 pm at 8:37 pm |
  8. Blue Stapler

    The Marriage Equality train has left the station, with no turning back! Where will it stop next?

    May 14, 2013 08:40 pm at 8:40 pm |
  9. Drew

    Why did CNN take so long to report this? The Minnesota Senate passed this yesterday.

    May 14, 2013 08:41 pm at 8:41 pm |
  10. JT

    Notice all the states that have legalized same-sex marriage are near the Canadian border? Shows that true human rights and freedom DOES spread.

    May 14, 2013 08:43 pm at 8:43 pm |
  11. Michael

    Congratulations to the people of Minnesota!!

    May 14, 2013 08:44 pm at 8:44 pm |
  12. mike

    Congratulations Minnesota. Welcome to the right side... Marriage equality.

    May 14, 2013 08:45 pm at 8:45 pm |
  13. YouAreIt

    We're making progress now. Next legalize weed, outlaw religion, switch from a monetary based economy to a resource based economy, teach kids to question everything they're told, stop going to war, play more music, and make more love!

    May 14, 2013 08:47 pm at 8:47 pm |
  14. t-bone

    Take all the states run by Democrats and then look at the ones pushing the Gay agenda.
    Now line them all up and look at their balance sheets.
    They are all the ones deepest in debt.
    Maybe its time the people wake up and stop catering to the low lifes and the less than 2%ers and focus on the economy instead.
    Minnesota – Land of debt and high taxes, but at least a homo can get married there. WOW! Be proud.

    May 14, 2013 08:51 pm at 8:51 pm |
  15. t-bone

    Way to go Minnesota!
    You have officially quit circling the bowl and are officially down the drain.

    May 14, 2013 08:53 pm at 8:53 pm |
  16. t-bone 2

    Take all the states run by Democrats and then look at the ones pushing the Gay agenda.
    Now line them all up and look at their balance sheets.
    They are all the ones deepest in debt.
    Maybe its time the people wake up and stop catering to the low lifes and the less than 2%ers and focus on the economy instead.
    Minnesota – Land of debt and high taxes

    May 14, 2013 08:53 pm at 8:53 pm |
  17. The Logan

    This is an issue that divides the Religious Right and the Religious/Secular Left. I think it is great that a person can marry anyone they love. Its such a non-issue in that its not going to destroy the country. If people believe in love then they should believe in it for everyone.

    May 14, 2013 08:54 pm at 8:54 pm |
  18. buongiorno

    same o same o BORING

    May 14, 2013 09:00 pm at 9:00 pm |
  19. Cool Headed Logician

    Hurray for MN... but now I may have to come up with more excuses for missing a friends wedding.

    May 14, 2013 09:08 pm at 9:08 pm |
  20. Josh Mckenzi

    C'mon California! You're next!

    May 14, 2013 09:12 pm at 9:12 pm |
  21. carlo

    Congrats to MN. CNN apparently has the b-team running the show and writing articles sourced from twitter. This had been developing for a couple of weeks now.

    May 14, 2013 09:15 pm at 9:15 pm |
  22. Patrick M.

    Go Minnesota! Go Delaware! Go Rhode Island! Let's us reach all 50 states before 2020!

    May 14, 2013 09:19 pm at 9:19 pm |
  23. Rev. Gomez

    Proud to be a Minnesotan today.

    May 14, 2013 09:22 pm at 9:22 pm |
  24. Zachary

    Finally...progression b/c USA had become a hypocrit and was contradicting the bible. It's okay to keep religion in laws/marriage but okay to withdraw from school and other aspects in life. If we're going to do it right...keep the face. Gays pay taxes and have feelings like the rest of us and besides a lot of people (guys in particular) are gay on the down low but like to make exceptions for their needs and they are the same one opposing the equality. Be who you are and quit trying to run other lives.

    May 14, 2013 09:23 pm at 9:23 pm |
  25. T

    .......We are NOT comin' fer yer gunz............BUT.....we are gonna let sweeties marry............

    May 14, 2013 09:27 pm at 9:27 pm |
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