Today: Minnesota could become the 12th state to pass the freedom to marry!
May 13, 2013 at 09:45 am
Today, the Minnesota Senate will vote on a bill to extend the freedom to marry to same-sex couples, marking the final vote in the process of winning marriage in the state! The vote in the Senate is scheduled for 12:00 p.m. Central time and will include floor discussion and the vote.
On Thursday, the House of Representatives in Minnesota voted overwhelmingly in favor of the marriage bill. By a vote of 75-59, the Minnesota House stood on the Right Side of History by voting to end the exclusion of same-sex couples from marriage.
It's been quite a journey for the freedom to marry in Minnesota over the past several years. In 2012, Minnesota became the first state in the country to reject an anti-gay, anti-marriage constitutional amendment that would have permanently restricted marriage to different-sex couples. During the November 2012 election, voters rejected the amendment, and now, just one year later, the Minnesota legislature is moving marriage forward by approving a bill to forever end the exclusion of same-sex couples from marriage.
Throughout the journey, Minnesotans United for All Families, the robust coalition of civil rights organizations, faith leaders, and businesses, has been there every step of the way, speaking with Minnesotans about why marriage matters, sharing the stories of loving and committed same-sex couples, and talking about how marriage discrimination hurts in the state. Freedom to Marry is proud to be a founding member and key funder for the coalition.
The campaign to win marriage in Minnesota is one of six key states included in Freedom to Marry's Win More States Fund this year. You can support the campaign in Minnesota by donating HERE.
Learn more about the freedom to marry in Minnesota HERE.