Monday, May 13, 2013

Minnesota Passes Gay Marriage

UPDATE: Governor Mark Dayton signed the bill making gay marriage legal in Minnesota & the 12th state to do so as thousands cheered.
The Minnesota Senate voted in favor gay marriage by passing Bill 925 which has been sent to Governor Mark Dayton to be signed into law ensuring that Minnesota will become the 12th state to legalize the freedom to marry for gay & lesbian couples. This amazing victory comes just six months after voters in the state defeated a proposed anti-gay constitutional amendment. Lisa Cannistraci Marriage Equality USA Board Vice President stated, "Minnesota is the third state in three weeks to enact marriage equality. We are more energized than ever by the rapidly accelerating pace of change nationwide. When the legislature doors opened & we knew we had prevailed, justice rolled down like water & our cheers filled the Capitol rotunda in ecstatic celebration." Minnesotan Gary Gimmestad added, "The gratitude flowed back from the crowd to the members of the legislature who had affirmed marriage equality in Minnesota. It was a transcendent moment!" Thom Watson, Marriage Equality USA Social Media Director stated, "Like each of the eleven states before it, Minnesota's recognition of the freedom to marry is momentous. Each state that moves to embrace fuller equality for gay & lesbian couples brings us one step closer to equality for all."  Next month the Supreme Court will announce its decisions on cases involving DOMA & Prop 8. For complete information on where each stands on civil marriage status, check OUT Marriage Equality USA's national map:
LISTEN: Cathy Marino-Thomas & Marriage Equality USA


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