Minnesota Lawmakers Vote to Legalize Gay Marriage

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May 13 2013 5:37 PM

Minnesota Will Become the 12th State to Legalize Gay Marriage

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A same-sex marriage supporter has her forehead painted with rainbow colors as she joins demonstration in front of the Supreme Court on March 27, 2013 in Washington, D.C.

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Make it an even dozen. Minnesota is set to become the 12th state in the nation to allow gays and lesbians to wed. The Star Tribune with the details from this afternoon's vote in the statehouse:

After about 4 hours of debate, the Minnesota Senate has voted 37-30 to approve a bill legalizing same-sex marriage in the state. The House approved the measure 75-59 last Thursday. The bill will now head to Gov. Mark Dayton, who is likely to sign it into law Tuesday.
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Once it becomes official—Dayton has made it clear that he will sign it when it reaches his desk—the North Star State will join 11 others that have already legalized same sex marriage: Delaware, Rhode Island, Connecticut, Maine, Vermont, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Iowa, Maryland, New York, and Washington state, along with the District of Columbia.

Today's vote is that much more noteworthy because it was only this past November that gay-marriage advocates were playing defense, successfully campaigning to block an amendment to the state constitution that would have defined marriage as being a union solely between a man and a woman.

Josh Voorhees is a Slate senior writer. He lives in Iowa City. 

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