Minnesota Legalizes Same-Sex Marriage

Twin Cities Pride 2012After passing both houses of the state legislature, a bill legalizing same-sex marriage in Minnesota was signed into law Tuesday afternoon by Governor Mark Dayton. Thousands gathered outside the State Capitol in St. Paul to witness the signing of the bill, after which many of them paraded downtown to drink beer and listen to live music (because Minnesota is just that cool). In support of the pending legislation, St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman had the Wabasha Street Bridge adorned with gay pride flags earlier this week, and declared May 13-17 “Freedom to Marry Week.” Minnesota is the 12th U.S. state to legalize same-sex marriage, the third this month (after Rhode Island and Delaware), and the second in the Midwest (after Iowa). The law will take effect August 1st.

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