On May 14, 2013, Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton signed the freedom to marry into law, one day after the Minnesota Senate voted in favor of the marriage bill, ensuring that Minnesota became the 12th state to end the exclusion of same-sex couples from marriage. Just days before, the bill was approved in the House.
Same-sex couples began marrying in Minnesota on August 1, 2013.
On February 27, 2013, marriage bills were introduced in the Minnesota House of Representatives and the Minnesota Senate. On March 13, the House Civil Law Committee and the Senate Judiciary Committee voted to advance the bills to the full floor. On May 9, the MN House took up the marriage bill and voted 75-59 to end the exclusion of same-sex couples from marriage.
Just six months before the vote, Minnesota voters began the discussion about the freedom to marry when voters rejected a proposed constitutional amendment that would have permanently limited the freedom to marry to different-sex couples on Election Day on November 6, 2012. The victory made Minnesota the first state to ever defeat an anti-marriage amendment. Read more about the historic win here.
GROUPS THAT WORKED ON MARRIAGE:
- Minnesotans United for All Families is a coalition of organizations dedicated to defeating the constitutional amendment that would limit the freedoms of Minnesotans and ban marriage for same-sex couples in Minnesota.
- Freedom to Marry is the campaign to win marriage nationwide for all loving and committed couples.
- OutFront Minnesota is the central statewide organization leading a multi-year campaign for marriage in Minnesota.
- Project 515 is a focused initiative with a specific, achievable goal: to ensure that same-sex couples and their families have equal rights and considerations under Minnesota law.
A rapidly increasing plurality of residents in Minnesota support marriage for same-sex couples, with 51% of respondents saying they support the freedom to marry, and only 47% saying they are opposed. These numbers affirm that the momentum for state legislators to extend the freedom to marry to same-sex couples in Minnesota is stronger than ever. (KSTP/SurveyUSA, April 2013)
NUMBER OF SAME-SEX COUPLES:
According to The Williams Institute's analysis of the 2010 U.S. Census, 10,207 same-sex couples are living in Minnesota, representing 4.9 same-sex couples per 1,000 households.
Blog Posts Related to Minnesota
This week, we asked supporters of the freedom to marry to share their favorite Halloween costumes with us. We got some great entries from our supporters - and we thank everyone for submitting!
Heidi M. Garrido of HM Photography LLC snapped some wonderful photos of the first day of weddings in Minnesota. She shared some photos from the midnight ceremony - and a few more of weddings that occurred later in the day - with Freedom to Marry.
This morning, as the clock struck midnight and the calendar switched over to August 1, 2013, the freedom to marry took effect in Minnesota - and dozens of families across the state of Minnesota came together to celebrate.
Resources Related to Minnesota
Pew Poll Finds Growing Support for Freedom to Marry Among Evangelicals, Majority Support Among Youth
A comprehensive Pew poll found majority support for the freedom to marry among young people, college graduates and Catholics, with growing support among all other religious categories.
A listing of both state and national political parties that have made strong statements in support of the freedom to marry.
Demographic and economic information about same-sex couples and same-sex couples raising children in Minnesota.