Dayton to sign gay marriage law in MinnesotaMinnesota (WDAY TV) -- Minnesota is just 19 hours away from becoming the 12th state in the nation to allow same sex marriage.
Minnesota (WDAY TV) -- Minnesota is just 19 hours away from becoming the 12th state in the nation to allow same sex marriage.
The state senate passed the bill this afternoon, by a vote of 37 to 30.
The next step is Governor Dayton's signature on that gay marriage bill and it's going to be quite a historic moment and celebration. Dayton will sign the bill into law on the steps of the capitol at 5pm tomorrow afternoon.
St. Paul city officials will host an outdoor concert right after the signing at a downtown plaza. They're calling it the "love is law" concert with more than a half dozen performers on tap.
While there were plenty of those against gay marriage at the capitol for this historic vote, they had nothing on the number of supporters on hand.
State Sen. Scott Dibble says, "something had changed in Minnesota. People's hearts had really opened up in a way we hadn't seen before."
State Sen. Jeffrey Hayden says, "Three years ago when I was in the house and we put the amendment on the ballot I never knew that we'd get to a day not only to beat it but also to come back and make sure Minnesotans are treated equally."
The passage of the bill came pretty much down party lines, however three democrats joined republicans in voting "no". And one Republican, Branden Petersen of Andover, joined the majority in voting "yes".