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Minnesota Senate Passes Bipartisan Freedom to Marry Bill; Governor to Sign Into Law Tomorrow

Monday, May 13, 2013

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Monday, May 13, 2013 – Saint Paul, MNBy a historic and bipartisan vote of 37-30, the Minnesota Senate today voted in favor of House File 1054, a bill that extends civil marriage to same-sex couples while protecting the religious freedom of all Minnesotans.

Governor Mark Dayton will officially sign the freedom to marry for same-sex couples into law tomorrow, Tuesday, May 14, at 5:00pm on the front steps of the Minnesota State Capitol.

Minnesotans United – the campaign that led the successful defeat of the marriage amendment in 2012 and has been working to secure the freedom to marry for same-sex couples at the Legislature during the 2013 legislative session – released the following statement:

“Today, we celebrate with thousands of families across our state as Minnesota has written a new page in the history books. Nearly two years ago to the day, the Minnesota Legislature put a hurtful amendment on the 2012 ballot that would’ve permanently excluded same-sex couples and their families from marriage. It was a conversation that no one had asked for – but an important one to have. Over the last two years, countless Minnesotans have shared their stories and talked about why marriage matters to all families – which brought about the first-ever defeat of such an amendment and carried Minnesota through to this extraordinary moment in time.

The Minnesota Senate has just taken a historic step towards affirming what we already know to be true: Marriage is about the love, commitment, and responsibility that two people share, and it is time to stop denying that to some Minnesotans just because of who they are. Tomorrow will be a joyful day for thousands of families as Governor Dayton finally is able to sign the freedom to marry for all Minnesotans into law.”

 Minnesotans United, the campaign that successfully defeated the hurtful marriage amendment in 2012, is committed to securing the freedom to marry for loving and committed same-sex couples in 2013.

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