STATUS: Marriage (Takes Effect August 1)
WINNING MARRIAGE: 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 can begin marrying in Minnesota on August 1, 2013.
HISTORY: 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.
- Human Rights Campaign is the United States' largest civil rights organization working to achieve lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) equality.
- 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.
POLLING DATA: 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.
- Jim Lawser & Duane Bandel, Minneapolis, MN
- Casey Fritz & Eric Sodemann, Minneapolis, MN
- Erin Keyes & Liberty Lucken, Minneapolis, MN
- Nick Pautze & Andy Willenbring, Minneapolis, MN
Blog Posts Related to Minnesota
Yesterday, the Minnesota Senate approved the freedom to marry, making MN the 12th state in the country where same-sex couples can marry. Watch two moving speeches in support of marriage - and then relive the victory with these great videos.
Today, the Minnesota Senate took a final vote on a bill to extend the freedom to marry to same-sex couples, making Minnesota poised to become the 12th state to approve the freedom to marry. Governor Mark Dayton is expected to sign the bill tomorrow.
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!
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.