May 15, 2013 |  Official Newsletter

Video: live coverage of Governor Dayton signing Minnesota marriage equality bill

Featured Video - KSTP: Gay Marriage Becomes Legal in Minn., Thousands Celebrate

As a crowd of thousands roared from the lawn of the state Capitol, Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton signed the bill Tuesday that makes gay marriage legal here come Aug. 1.  

"What a day for Minnesota!" the Democratic governor declared, as American and rainbow flags flapped in a sweltering hot wind. The Minnesota State Patrol estimated about 6,000 people made up the massive crowd, and many headed to downtown St. Paul afterward for a street party celebrating the bill's passage. [Read more]

Duluth News Tribune- ‘Love is the law’: Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton signs same-sex marriage bill (Davis, Forum Communications)

ST. PAUL — As a crowd of thousands roared from the lawn of the state Capitol, Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton signed the bill Tuesday that makes gay marriage legal here come Aug. 1.

American and rainbow flags flew in front of the state Capitol when Minnesota became the 12th state to embrace same-sex marriage. An estimated 6,000 people crowded in front of the Capitol in temperatures topping 90 degrees to cheer not only Dayton, but to greet as heroes dozens of lawmakers who voted for gay marriage. [Read more]

[Star Tribune] Minnesota ushers in gay marriage

Thousands of enthusiastic Minnesotans converged on the Capitol lawn Tuesday to witness a state milestone in marriage equality.

“By your political courage you join that pantheon of exceptional leaders who did something extraordinary,” a triumphant Gov. Mark Dayton told the masses in an outdoor ceremony where he signed the bill legalizing same-sex marriage in Minnesota. “You changed the course of history for our state and our nation.”


[MSNBC] VIDEO EXCLUSIVE: Minnesota gov welcomes marriage equality

Marriage equality is officially coming to Minnesota on August 1. Rainbow flag-waiving supporters cheered during the outdoor ceremony on the steps of the Capitol in St. Paul Tuesday evening as Democratic Governor Mark Dayton signed the bill into law, making it the 12th state to allow same-sex couples to marry.

“Last year in the election, there was an attempt to pass a constitutional amendment that would have prohibited marriage equality forever,” Democratic Governor Mark Dayton told MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell in an exclusive interview Tuesday after signing the legislation. “Instead, we’re now we’re two-and-a-half months away from legalizing the freedom of marriage.” [Watch video & read more]


Tweet: Governor Dayton signs the historic freedom to marry bill!

Your Tweets: Governor Dayton Signs Marriage Equality Bill
Posted on May 15, 2013 at 11:07 AM

Yesterday, thousands of Minnesotans joined the Governor Dayton at the State Capitol as he signed the Freedom to Marry bill. We gathered some of our favorite tweets from the day to share on our blog. Thank you to everyone who joined the Governor and legislators yesterday at the Capitol and on Twitter on this historic day! [See more tweets]

Watch the Ceremony, read Governor Dayton's remarks as prepared for delivery 
Posted on May 14, 2013 at 9:00 PM

What a difference a year and an election make in Minnesota! Last year, there were concerns that marriage equality would be banned forever. Now, my signature will make it legal in two and one-half months.  [Read more

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