Same Sex Marriage
On Tuesday, Minnesota became the twelfth state to legalize same-sex marriage.
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.
The Capitol hallways echoed Thursday night with thunderous chants. And by Friday, WCCO viewers are asking a lot of questions after the House voted to legalize same sex marriage. A common question: What’s next? The same sex marriage bill now heads to the Minnesota Senate, where it is expected to pass. The governor says he will sign It, and as early as Tuesday.
A quarter of Minnesota House members wound up voting a personal preference on legalizing gay marriage rather than following results of last November’s ballot measure. Thursday’s 75-59 vote saw Republicans and Democrats defy the fall outcome on the constitutional amendment in their district.
More than 1,000 people showed up at the state Capitol and some showed up as early as 7:30 a.m.
University of Minnesota Law Professor Dale Carpenter talked about the same sex marriage legislation being voted on in St Paul Thursday.
Minnesota could be on the verge of becoming the 12th state in the country to allow two men or two women to marry each other. On Thursday, the full Minnesota House will take up the same-sex marriage bill.
The leader of the group lobbying for gay marriage at Minnesota’s Capitol said Wednesday he supports a proposed change to the bill that could make it easier for Republicans to support.
Political observers say Thursday will be a pivotal day in the battle for same-sex marriage here in Minnesota, when the full Minnesota House will vote on legalizing the union between gay couples.
A Republican legislator who was weighing his vote on a gay marriage bill says he will oppose it during Thursday’s Minnesota House vote.
A freshman Democratic state representative from a socially conservative district said Friday that he’d support the bill to legalize gay marriage in Minnesota, a key pickup for supporters as votes on the issue get closer at the Capitol.
An Orono businessman angling to be Minnesota governor says he supports civil unions for gay couples but wouldn’t back same-sex marriage if faced with a bill legalizing it.
The chief political group opposed to legal gay marriage in Minnesota is taking its case on the road with a series of greater Minnesota rallies.
When it comes to legalizing gay marriage in Minnesota, supporters have the appearance of momentum: voters rejected a constitutional ban last fall, public opinion shows growing approval and each day seems to bring another national politician flocking to their cause.
A group of Minnesota Republicans introduced a bill Wednesday to let gay couples join in civil unions, calling it an alternative to gay marriage that could end a corrosive fight on the issue. Gay marriage supporters quickly condemned the measure as inferior and unequal.