Minn. Governor to Sign Bill Allowing Gay Marriage

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press
Minnesota set to become the 12th U.S. state to legalize same-sex marriage

In this Feb. 14, 2013 file photo supporters of gay marriage call for Minnesota lawmakers to legalize gay marriage at the State Capitol in St. Paul, Minn.

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) -- Minnesota's governor is set to sign a bill legalizing gay marriage that will let same-sex couples hold weddings starting Aug. 1.

Gov. Mark Dayton has repeatedly promised to sign the bill. He's scheduled to do so during a ceremony at 5 p.m. Tuesday on the front steps of Minnesota's Capitol in St. Paul.

The state Legislature gave its final stamp of approval Monday when the Senate passed the bill by a 37-30 vote. The House passed it last week.

Minnesota becomes the 12th U.S. state to legalize gay marriage, and the first in the Midwest to do it by legislative vote.


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