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Old 05-13-2013, 04:48 PM   #1
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Default Minnesota is the 12th State to Legalize Gay Marriage.

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ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Spurring onlookers' cheers, the Minnesota Senate voted Monday to make gay marriage legal, putting the state on the brink of becoming the 12th to allow same-sex couples to marry. Gov. Mark Dayton immediately announced he would sign the legislation Tuesday.

The Senate vote of 37-30 came four days after the House passed the bill on a 75-59 vote. When the tally was announced after more than four hours of debate, a huge cheer erupted in the chamber and gallery, where spectators stood and applauded.

Minnesota will become the first state in the Midwest to make gay marriage legal via a legislative vote. Iowa legalized same-sex marriage in 2009 through a court ruling. Under the legislation, gay couples will be able to get married starting on Aug. 1.

Last week, Dayton, a Democrat, called the bill "one of those society-changing breakthrough moments." His staff scheduled a signing ceremony for 5 p.m. Tuesday on the Capitol steps.
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#12! Because it's not about marriage. It's about so much more. It's living in a place where each person is validated, valued, equal. The sense of self and value we develop about ourselves while we are young is greatly mirrored by the laws that define what a society deems as equal. The constructs of society influence greatly how and what we think of ourselves, how we treat ourselves, and most importantly how we treat each others. History will change. Minds will open. Equality will prevail. Constructing the framework by which to develop the change in individual minds and in society will be hastened by legislating equality. Minnesota nice.
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