Minnesota Senate approves marriage equality

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The Wabasha Street Bridge certainly looked the part today.
This afternoon, the Minnesota Senate followed the House and approved a bill to legalize same-sex marriage with a 37-30 vote.

:::: UPDATE :::: Mark Dayton signs gay marriage bill into law

Gov. Mark Dayton is reportedly wasting little time and planning to sign the legislation into law during a ceremony tomorrow afternoon, so it's now a foregone conclusion that gays will be able to get married as of August 1.

Only one Republican voted in favor of the bill: Sen. Branden Petersen, R-Andover, who pledged his support all the way back in February. Three Democrats voted against marriage equality: Dan Sparks, D-Austin; LeRoy Stumpf, D-Plummer; and Lyle Koenen, D-Clara City (read more about their rationale here).

Minnesota will become the 12th state to legalize gay marriage, and the first in the Midwest to legalize it via legislation. In Iowa, marriage equality was the result of a state Supreme Court decision, and no other state in the region has it.

What a difference seven months can make, right guys?

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33 comments
Jim Johnson
Jim Johnson

A plus! Michelle Bachmann has threatened to move out of the state. Personally, I think she's afraid to let her husband have an option. Not that there's anything wrong with that!

green23
green23 topcommenter

I have to admit that I was wrong about this. I didn't think that SSM could pass the Legislature this year. 

This is a big blow to the MNGOP. The evangelical faction just proved that they don't have enough "juice" to stop this, and none of their scary stories and predictions of doom will come to pass. Plus, the next election will feature evangelicals attacking Libertarian Republicans in the primaries, in order exact their idiotic 'revenge'. 

This effort also gives the DFL a huge organising advantage going into the midterm elections.

mohanlon3
mohanlon3

keny1, of course we don't have jobs to go to, since all Gay folks have HIV, we get it intentionally so we can make hard working republicans pay for all our living expenses through social security, they show us how to fill out the paperwork every Wednesday when we get together for the top secret "Gay Agenda" meetings in the basement of FTD florists.  That's where we meet, and plan the overthrow of straight, god fearing society...

Patrick Garcia
Patrick Garcia

"Politics is not about power. Politics is not about money. Politics is not about winning for the sake of winning. Politics is about the improvement of people's lives." --Paul Wellstone

mohanlon3
mohanlon3

keny1, who knows, since getting sick is part of life, maybe some will contract tonight (dumb, but very likely.).  I wonder how many straight web trolls are going to suck a pistol tonight because they have one less group to piss on to feel like they are more than total losers living in their parent's basements...  I mean, if you're going to get personal, why pull punches.  I hear wal-mart has really cheap ammo.  I suggest you use a heavy caliber handgun, we don't want to leave a breathing vegetative troll for the state to have to pay for, then you would be just like the minorities you continually slam... this might help answer your question.  http://www.health.state.mn.us/divs/idepc/diseases/hiv/stats/inctext.html have fun trying to find someone you can feel superior to.  The pool of candidates is continually getting smaller.

Rich Pankratz
Rich Pankratz

If Bachmann was gone, City Pages would probably have nothing left to bitch about.

yoopie93
yoopie93

To all the bigots who pushed the failed constitutional amendment on us in the last election--thank you!  Your failed efforts made this all possible!

MicheleBachmann
MicheleBachmann topcommenter

@green23 The Republicans have lost intellectually   They are a party of corrupt racist idiots that is wrong on every issue.  Honestly have you ever read something one of the Republicans has written in the comments here and thought, hmmmm that guy makes a good point?   Can you name a single Republican politician you respect?   Like seriously, name one.   They are a party of evil corrupt bigots supported by a dwindling bunch of old bigoted kooks.  Liberals need to start pushing for what is right in this world.  Bold laws that fix real problems are what gets you reelected.  I'm glad Minnesota Dems are learning this.  Now let's hope Harry Reid and the rest of the national Dems can learn this lesson because they are a bunch of clowns.  The demographics of this country are changing.  The Republicans need to change or die.  I hope they die because I'm sick of being held back by the finest thinkers Alabama can produce.  

Onan
Onan

@mohanlon3 Ah, I KNEW IT!!! It's a conspiracy!!!

*dons tin foil hat*

MicheleBachmann
MicheleBachmann topcommenter

@keny1 City Pages moderator can you please explain why you tolerate keny's constant hate speech?   I mean he has only threatened to kill me twice.  Every story he has some homophobic or racist comment.   Racist scum like keny commit violence all the time to silence and intimidate minority voters.  He constantly uses hate speech to stifle debate.  When are you going to ban him forever?   It's 2013, we don't need to hear some bigot troll spewing hate speech about gay people and HIV.    

Onan
Onan

@keny1 Funny, I seem to be able to "celebrate" into the wee morning hours and still manage to make it to work by 7:30. You can't do the same on occasion??

green23
green23 topcommenter

@keny1 Just a few days ago, you were claiming to be gay. Are you having trouble keeping track of your different stories? 

Remember when you wrote this: "As a gay conservative myself, I have been bashed constantly on here. I was once called a "traitor to my race" (I never knew that being gay was a race). Go figure. I guess what I don't understand is why we are vilified."

http://mvn.io/10jDVJn 

BTW, nobody here has ever "bashed" you for being gay. That's because you're really just a middle-aged wingnut pretending to be gay while making homophobic slurs against actual gays. You're not the victim.

keny1
keny1

@Kenosha 'Kenny' Washington Well, there goes the idea that marriage equality is about loving-committed gay couples who want to get married.................

MNjoe
MNjoe

@Thomas Stanifer I didn't know the Corinthians were into 69 - good for them!

Drewey
Drewey topcommenter

@Thomas Stanifer Anything else that is completely irrelevant that you would like to add?  Any thoughts on the golden rule?  I assume you don't like that one as much.  

digitalprotocol
digitalprotocol topcommenter

@Kathi Malone ya they're really tackling the major issues now. what's next? 

mohanlon3
mohanlon3

@keny1 why should straight folks be the only ones to have poorly chosen irrelevant marriages?  what a loser


Enough_Already
Enough_Already

Yes. Like back in 2010 when the republicans came into office vowing to fix the state's budget deficit but then made the marriage amendment THEIR #1 priority. Both sides are wasting time and money on this. Let's move on.

Drewey
Drewey topcommenter

@digitalprotocol I know, civil rights are dumb.  By major issues, I assume you mean things that are important to YOU?

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