Mark Dayton signs gay marriage bill into law

Categories: GLBT, Politics

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Photo: Andy Mannix
Only a few opponents to the bill showed up to the signing.
Gov. Mark Dayton signed the gay marriage bill on the Capitol steps Tuesday evening, officially making Minnesota the 12th state to allow same-sex couples to wed.

Thousands gathered on the Capitol lawn on this sweltering evening to witness the historic moment, many wearing orange t-shirts -- the color for Minnesota United for All Families, the primary group lobbying for the bill -- and waving rainbow flags and balloons.

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"What a difference a year and an election make in our state," began Dayton. "Last year, there were concerns that marriage equality would be banned forever. Now, my signature will make it legal in two and a half months."

By signing the bill, same-sex couples will be allowed to apply for marriage licenses beginning Aug. 1. The state will also start to recognize gay marriages performed in other states on that date.

Rep. Karen Clark, who is openly gay, followed Dayton, also remarking upon the irony of this day coming only six months after Minnesota faced a constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage. "We work in strange ways," she said.

The ceremony marks the culmination of a debate that began more than 42 years ago, when Jack Baker and Mike McConnell walked into the Hennepin County courthouse and attempted to marry. At this time, there was no state law to ban gay marriage in Minnesota. No one had ever tried it before. When a clerk denied them a license, the Minneapolis couple sued. The case made it all the way to the state Supreme Court, which ultimately ruled against them. Read more about the history of the gay marriage debate in our January cover story, "When Will Gay Marriage Be Legal In Minnesota?"

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Sen. Scott Dibble, the primary author of the senate bill, took the podium Tuesday to an energetic ovation from the crowd. "You are so beautiful," he said. "I wish everyone could be here right now and see what I see."

Dibble said he was proud to have taken the seat of Allan Spear, Minnesota's first gay legislator who tirelessly pushed to amend the Human Rights Act to include gay and lesbian citizens. He thanked his colleagues and husband (they married in California four and a half years ago), along with Baker and McConnell.

"Today is a day we brought Minnesota together," said Dibble, noting there is still work to be done.

Before the crowd dispersed, Dayton took the podium again to offer one last piece of parting wisdom: "Please, leave slowly and carefully and don't trample anybody. Go celebrate. Love is the law."

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lawsonchris15
lawsonchris15

Double post, sorry hope he gets the message.

lawsonchris15
lawsonchris15

Mr. Dayton, you have just announced an open rebellion at our Lord God And savior Jesus Christ. This action clearly shows that you as Governer of the whole state of Minnesota are not a believer in the Bible and the purity of its principles. Now you do have a choice to your own beliefs, but I don't think you fully understand the ramifications and the immoral path that has been chosen by this desision to sign this bill into law. God also loves you very much, please for the sake of this state and great nation of ours do whatever it takes to REPEAL this. For if you belive and trust in HIM you will not have to worry about your future.

lawsonchris15
lawsonchris15

Mr. Dayton , you have just announced an open rebellion in the name of our Lord God Jesus Christ, now obviously you are not a believer in the Bible and it's principles, and you do have a right to your own beliefs, but I don't think you understand the implications or the immoral path that has been chosen by the desision to sign this bill into law.God also loves you very much, please for the sake of this state and this country do whatever it takes to repeal or rescind this law. For if you belive and trust in HIM you will not have to worry about your future.

mohanlon3
mohanlon3

Yeah, because before gays could marry, our society was so amazingly upstanding and moral.  I love it,! now the bigots will have to go find some other group to grind under their collective bootheels in order to feel like they matter.  Running out of oppressed groups to crap on folks?  Here's a thought, get your nose out of others bedrooms, pants, lives and worry about your own problems.  Not happy with how society is turning out, go volunteer to help some people out who need help, ya know, do all those things that Jesus would do like feed the hungry, help the needy, care for the sick, infirm and lonely.  The real sin is that under the guise of Christianity you oppress people and make them second class citizens.  Now your hold on the minds of the majority is done.  Your oppression under law is done.  Your ignorant and hateful restriction of my freedom is past.  Hallelujah, I am free at last!

CinBlueland
CinBlueland topcommenter

Are we done with this diversion?

IRS? DoJ recording reporters? Don't you think we've got bigger issues?

sescallier
sescallier

@Darrell Turner Sr. Cool, quoting fairy tales.....   Bravo!

MicheleBachmann
MicheleBachmann topcommenter

@CinBlueland  Poor little bigot.  History gets made and you want to change topics to the latest Fox News bullshit scandal?   No one gives a shit about your made up phony scandals because Republican idiots like you have been crying wolf about Obama since he was elected.  Even the stupidest children learn not to cry wolf because when the real wolf shows up no one will believe you.  Sadly a stupid child like you will probably try and pretend that Benghazi or whatever is some big scandal but you only believe that because you a stupid loser caught up in Fox New's fantasy world.  People who don't let their racist hate of Obama cloud their decisions see a President that killed Bin Laden, saved the auto industry, saved the economy, passed universal healthcare, and helped inspire civil rights victories for gay Americans.    Obama is a great President and no one gives a shit about your made up bullshit.  We have a real victory to celebrate.  Once again progressives have made the world a better place while you and keny whine like stupid little children.   keny acts like a bigot and you act like a coward too cowardly to call out his immature stupidity.  That's Republicans in a nutshell, nothing but bigots and cowards and I'm not the only one that sees it.  Get ready for 8 years of President Hillary Clinton nitwit.  

MNjoe
MNjoe topcommenter

@MicheleBachmann @CinBlueland Haven't seen Keny on here for awhile since his last insane rant after the House passed the marriage bill. That was a particularly angry and insane post even by Keny's standards. He's probably building a bomb somewhere or something equally hateful.

CinBlueland
CinBlueland topcommenter

@MicheleBachmann @CinBlueland As for your "wins" Killed Bin Laden? He left that up to the local commander so if things went south he could wash his hands of it and was working on yrs of Bush era intel. 

Saved the auto industry.. Sorry propped up companies that needed a drastic restructure with billions in tax payer dollars.

Universal health care. What? a bloated program that is constantly being revised and is now expected to cost a trillion more than anticipated.

Inspire gay rights? He was against gay marriage, but has become mute on the subject and stayed out of it so as not to gain negative poll numbers.

CinBlueland
CinBlueland topcommenter

@MicheleBachmann@CinBluelandMB shut up.. I'm not even sure what goes on in your addled brain. For the record I voted NO, I'm pro gay marriage. I'm also pro 1st amendment so I tolerate and sometimes enjoy keny's rants. (mostly because it drives you nuts).  Racist hate? I'm sorry, Fast and Furious, IRS abuse, DOJ abuse of AP records. But here, I'll leave you a little vid from another "racist" http://www.thedailyshow.com/watch/mon-may-13-2013/barack-trek--into-darkness?xrs=playershare_fb


jo1glex
jo1glex

@MNjoe  No, more's the pity.  Keny went to new lows--on this very page--last night.  He actually posted a link to a notorious fetish porn clip, "Two Girls One Cup." I tried to call him on it and engage him, which was more or less pointless.  All traces wiped by morning.  

But it was revealed that Keny is a sanctioned clickbait troll on this site, which I'd been suspecting.  Seems like all the Voice sites have at least one.  There's a "MotherJones" who infests the Phoenix site and has come on here a couple of times, doing the same exact schtick as Keny.  They may even be the same person.  I guess if that's what The Voice thinks they have to do to drive pageviews and keep ad rates up, so be it.  I was surprised Keny let it slip, though.  

He posted not long ago on the story about Chief Harteau and her latest presser.  It wasn't that good an effort, by his standards.

So no point ever engaging him or calling him out again.  It just raises his perceived value, and since he's as authentic as...a really inauthentic thing, there isn't any point.  Unless you're feeling cranky and want to vent on somebody who's more than happy to play along, because that's all he's doing in the first place...

MNjoe
MNjoe topcommenter

@CinBlueland @MicheleBachmann Wow! Completely wrong on all counts - you are a complete and utter moron.  Bush had no 'intel' - he actually had Bin Laden cornered at Tora Bora and then inexplicibly decided to go off and invade the wrong country. (Costing the U.S. thousands of American lives and trillions of dollars.) Bush and Cheney will go down in history as two of the worst people to ever lead this country. Again, if you're too stupid or pigheaded to see that, there's really no hope for you.

MicheleBachmann
MicheleBachmann topcommenter

@CinBlueland Blah blah blah little coward.  You don't call out keny because conservatives are a bunch of bigot racist trash.  Some are just better at hiding it.  keny has freedom of speech to be a racist idiot.  You have the freedom to call him out for it.  You never do because Republicans are bigots.  You don't have some noble purpose.  You are a whiny little phony that tells everyone to be civil while not saying shit about keny.   Keep crying wolf with your made up fox news nonsense.  

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