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US: State of Minnesota legalises equal marriage as bill passes in Senate

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  1. Robert in S. Kensington 13 May 2013, 10:24pm

    I watched the live vote. It was moving but of course, the usual religious hysteria ensued from some of them trying to get amendments passed, identical to what Burrowes and Loughton attempted during the Comitteee Hearings. One even said that equal marriage was causing civil chaos in Europe, probably the overblown French protests.

    Well done, Minnesota!

    1. It is the opposition to equal marriage that is causing ‘civil chaos’ in places like France. No matter what the religious types say, the victim is not the one at fault for getting attacked.

  2. We got engaged today, so we will marry sometime in August. This is so emotional and the live debate was awesome. Goodbye bigots Minnesota is now FREE.

    1. Congratulations, guys!

  3. Much like her dad said when she got pregnant “Too late for tears, Peggy!”

  4. hot damn!!!!! i worked on that one, i did!!

  5. Why isn’t this breaking story right at the top of the headlines instead of being relegated to the minor items?

    PN has some funny editorial priorities.

  6. Jacob Dugan-Brause 13 May 2013, 11:25pm

    Bonne nouvelle! Minnesota.

    Ok, another thing to know about Minnesota is that it was very much part of New France during the colonisation of the Americas. Quite a few place names there are French and the state motto is “L’Etoile du Nord”, of course.

    So let’s give our best to Minnesotans’ distant French cousins who today can celebrate (or protest) their historic part in this victory!

  7. Helge Vladimir Tiller 13 May 2013, 11:27pm


  8. Gay Activist Paul Mitchell 14 May 2013, 12:11am

    Well done and congratulations Minnesota from Australia!!!!!!!

    Minnesota became the first US Midwestern State by the Legislature and not the Judiciary to allow gay marriage…!!!!

    Minnesota as well in in between both Iowa and Canada – so it also explained why gay marriage passed there too!!!!!

    Both the United Kingdom and the US state of Illinois is VERY SLOW at passing legislation on gay marriage because it is still gathering dust in the lower house!!!!!

    Just pass it already!!!!

    I hope the Governor of Minnesota passes
    And signs the bill into law right away or very soon (just like the Governors of Rhode Island and Delaware). The law will become effective from 1 August 2013 (Uruguay, Rhode Island, New Zealand on 18 August 2013) – Delaware on 1 July, 2013 is the effective date.

    Australia my own country is on the planet Neptune in another galaxy because it is a joke, very embarrassing and a laughing stock!!!

    1. Colin (London) 14 May 2013, 12:45am

      Never give up mate. As the rest of the world gathers pace your politicians will fall into line.. Give it a little time but keep working on it.
      Best from the UK.

  9. Paul from New York, NY 14 May 2013, 12:27am

    How many Republicans voted out of the 37 yes votes?

    How many Democrats voted out of the 37 yes votes?

  10. Colin (London) 14 May 2013, 12:42am

    Wonderful news and to be celebrated. Well done to all of those who worked hard and for so long to make this happen.

  11. Frank from London, UK 14 May 2013, 12:52am

    Well done Minnesota, but I am very scared this might get repealed…

    Unanswered Questions:

    Do we have a Republican or Democrat Governor that could sign or veto this bill?

    Do bigots have the required amount of signatures for a forced referendum vote in November 2014 state elections?

    Do Republicans plan to repeal this law – if they gain a majority in both houses and governorship again in less than two years time from now?

    I hope the Equal Marriage Law stays law once passed!!!!!!!!!!

    1. bobbleobble 14 May 2013, 1:21am

      Governor Dayton is a Democrat. He is going to sign the bill into law tomorrow at 5pm in a special ceremony.

      Minnesota does not have a people’s veto law, there will not be a referendum on this issue caused by collection of signatures.

      As to what the GOP will do if they get back into power in 2014 it’s impossible to say. Hopefully Dayton gets reelected anyway so therefore no problem since he’d just veto any repeal. Plus by 2014 elections the law will have been in force for 16 months. Like the Republicans in New Hampshire hopefully the GOP will simply accept the change and move on.

    2. Also the Republicans might want to reconsider their strategy in any case. This time last year they controlled both state houses and, spurred on by ol’ crazy eyes, Michelle Bachmann, they put a resolution on the ballot to ban gay marriage.

      It completely backfired last November – the resolution lost and the Democrats took control of both houses – enabling this vote to go through now. The electorate simply did not support the Republicans.

      As someone else commented recently – why should Michelle Bachmann be the only person in Minnesota allowed to marry a gay man.

      1. Robert in S. Kensington 14 May 2013, 5:08pm

        I read that Bachmann threatened to move out of Minnesota if equal marriage passes. Maybe she should move to Utah.

  12. Once again love won.

  13. The House and the Governor face re-election next year in November. The Senate in November 2016 So even if the Republicans did take both House and Governor they would not be able to do anything as the Senate is still DFL till 16.

  14. As an Englishman I watch the unfolding and most welcome drama of the prohibition of gay marriage falling in the USA, state by state, like a great snowball gathering momentum. Was the abolition of racial segregation in the US like this 50 years ago?

  15. Great news from Minnesota, 12 down, 38 to go! It is great to see Equal Marriage continues to build momentum in the US!

  16. she was brought to tears by her prejudice not the thought of equality. We need to stop framing things in the terms of the bigot. Equal marriage is not a divisive issue. Bigotry and hatred divide.

  17. 12 and counting, what an amazing time to be gay in the world, seeing these changes unfolding in front of us. It really gives me hope for the future. Next one please and come on the UK lets get on with it.

  18. Robert in S. Kensington 14 May 2013, 12:06pm

    The approach to equal marriage in the U.S. from what I’ve been reading is very different to the m.o. we use in the UK. Grassroots campaigning among the LGBT and straight allies doesn’t exist on this side of the pond. In the U.S. the opposition and proponents demonstrate outside state legislatures but thankfully, gay supporters appear to outnumber them.

    The prayer meeting organised by Christian Concern will probably be small and I suspect there won’t be any gay support to counter it. Perhaps its not in our reserved British nature but complacency and apathy won’t yield positive results.

    I urge all of you to contact the Lords at least in the absence of street demonstrations because you can be sure, the opposition will inundate them with spurious, mendacious information, if the C4M petition numbers are anything to go by.

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