The group that pushed Minnesota lawmakers to legalize gay marriage disclosed Wednesday it invested more than $2 million in the successful lobbying effort.
Minnesota lawmakers worked right up to the end Monday before adjourning a session that produced $2.1 billion in tax hikes and a historic vote on gay marriage. The gavel fell after a frenetic final push to wrap up major issues.
When gay marriage was signed into law in Minnesota Tuesday, it was met with cheers at the Capitol, but it was also met with some serious opposition centered around faith.
On Wednesday, lawmakers who took a risk by supporting the bill are getting some political help. A political action committee has formed just for them, as lawmakers who voted yes might need help to get re-elected — some admitted the vote might have hurt them back home.
A new study from UCLA School of Law shows almost 5,000 same-sex couples are expected to get married in Minnesota over the next three years. That’s expected to bring $42 million into the state and local economies.
City officials in Minnesota are making plans for a rush of marriages on Aug. 1, when the new state law legalizing same-sex unions takes effect. St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman is promoting the city’s wedding venues, including Como Park Zoo and Conservatory.
With gay marriage soon to be the law of Minnesota, the political group that led the push to pass it will live on as a political action committee to help legislators who voted for it. Minnesotans United announced its next step Wednesday.
On Tuesday, Minnesota became the twelfth state to legalize same-sex marriage.
Minnesota’s governor is set to sign a bill legalizing gay marriage that will let same-sex couples hold weddings starting Aug. 1. Gov. Mark Dayton has repeatedly promised to sign the bill. He’s scheduled to do so during a ceremony at 5 p.m. Tuesday on the front steps of Minnesota’s Capitol in St. Paul.
The new law means many same-sex couples can now tie the knot, but there are a lot of questions about how exactly that will work. Charlie Rounds and Mark Heimenz of St. Louis Park, Minn., are still having a hard time believing they’ll be able to get married.
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The capstone vote to legalize gay marriage in Minnesota put some state senators crossways with public opinion back home. Monday’s Senate vote to send the bill to Gov. Mark Dayton was described by several lawmakers as the toughest they’ve ever taken.
The few seconds before the vote on the Freedom to Marry Bill was the only quiet moment heard all day at the Capitol. Soon after, the eruption of screams, hugs and tears were unleashed. Andie Schwartz was overwhelmed with joy after the vote. “I don’t even have words right now. I spent a long time wishing that I was the same as everyone else, and now I really am,” Schwartz said. I’m a real Minnesotan now.”
The Minnesota Senate voted Monday to make gay marriage legal, the last legislative step before Gov. Mark Dayton’s promised signature will make the state the 12th in the U.S. to do so.
An outdoor music concert will be held Tuesday evening at St. Paul’s Ecolab Plaza to celebrate Governor Mark Dayton’s signing of the Freedom to Marry Bill. The “Love is Law” concert will start around 6 p.m., beginning with a procession from the Capitol lawn to downtown St. Paul – led by the Minnesota Freedom Band.