Minnesota legislators vote for same-sex marriage
May 13th, 2013
06:09 PM ET
9 years ago

Minnesota legislators vote for same-sex marriage

(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."

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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.

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soundoff (42 Responses)
  1. dragonfire77

    Does this mean Bachmann will follow through on her promise to leave the state? Not that I want her in my state, but it's an ugly blemish on the state I grew up in that she's an elected representative there.

    May 14, 2013 07:59 am at 7:59 am |
  2. wut?


    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...


    I shouldn't have had to do a search to find this news story on your site. This is news – cover it as such!

    It's on the front page....

    May 14, 2013 08:49 am at 8:49 am |
  3. Laughable!

    Another liberal state goes "stupid" – won't be spending any of my time in MN....

    May 14, 2013 08:56 am at 8:56 am |
  4. Data Driven

    @Completely Disgusted,

    Actually, by definition, marriage is the transference of property. Romantic love and religious significance are later accretions. But, carry on.

    May 14, 2013 09:12 am at 9:12 am |
  5. dt

    Sometimes I wonder if Republicans even know what their message is. Next they'll be complaining for smaller government, more privacy, and greater personal responsibility. Except when they don't like it, then the government should be used to control people. Right?

    May 14, 2013 09:26 am at 9:26 am |
  6. Peoples State of Illinois

    And so the downward spiral of the country continues.

    May 14, 2013 09:30 am at 9:30 am |
  7. Hillcrester

    @Completely Disgusted: There was no god in evidence when my wife and I (MF) were married at the Courthouse. The religious ceremony and, in some cases, requirements is a cultural overlay on what is essentially a civil contract. Your religion does not need to allow same-sex couples to marry, and you do not have to stay in that religion if it does, but it MUST keep its hands off what other religions and the State do.

    May 14, 2013 09:35 am at 9:35 am |
  8. john_doe


    Please stay out of my state. There are already too many closed minded people here already that are already being stupid here (aka Michelle Bachmann) and personally, there are also a lot of people here that are tired of the dysfunction extremists on both sides bring.

    Thank you

    May 14, 2013 09:37 am at 9:37 am |
  9. NotYoDaddy

    Glad that this got pushed though under the noses of the voters that were hoodwinked to vote against the state constitutional ammendment last November!

    This will now ensure that the Looney Left are thown out of offic ein "14" in this Blue Man Group state.

    May 14, 2013 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  10. nothing new here


    Another liberal state goes "stupid" – won't be spending any of my time in MN....
    What does marriage have anything to do with politics?
    Seriously, this is a matter between 2 consenting adults. Why should the government be involved in grown-ups personal relationships?

    May 14, 2013 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  11. nothing new here

    Michelle Bachmann is nothing more than a smaller version of Rush – big talk with nothing to say.
    The same lady that supposedly, supposedly, stands for limited government. But she wants government to pay for her husband's gay conversion clinic. And why should my taxes be lining HER pocket?
    Mrs Bachmann, go out, get a real job, or just stay at home and take care of your family. But don't expect anymore of my hard-earned money to provide for your cushy lifestyle.

    May 14, 2013 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  12. PeterD

    America is on self inflickted path of destruction because they are more intersted in Gays and Lesbians Rights and Illegal Immigration Rights than their Fiscal Responsibilities.

    May 14, 2013 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  13. jmissal

    Clearly those in the picture to not respect the American Flag by altering it for a political cause. Don't get me wrong, I support equality...but don't disrespect Olld Glory in the process.

    May 14, 2013 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  14. AnnoyedByPolitics

    I'm fine with the gay marriage being legal here in my home state (I'm a conservative) What I'm not fine with is the ridiculous spending and tax increases that came along with it now the the DFL controls basically everything here right now. Dayton needs to get replaced.

    May 14, 2013 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  15. ObiWanWotan

    "Brothers and sisters (and half-brothers and half-sisters, etc.) are not permitted by law to marry because their children have an unacceptably high risk of being deformed. The more closely the parents are related, the more likely it is that any offspring will be deformed. There is a very sound genetic reason (SCIENCE) for such laws that is easy to understand. Every person has two sets of genes, there being some 130,000 pairs that specify how a person is put together and functions. Each person inherits one gene of each pair from each parent."

    Not permitted to marry – by law.
    Not permitted to marry – only one man and one woman, unrelated, are permitted to marry – by law.
    To marry is to involve one man and one woman – by law.

    May 14, 2013 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  16. Data Driven


    Actually, Constitution sez we can even burn the flag if we wish. Cf., the First Amendment.

    May 14, 2013 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  17. Data Driven


    Which law?

    May 14, 2013 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
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