Same-Sex Marriage Spreading to Minnesota

Posted on June 21, 2013 by


It is official. Minnesota is now the twelfth state to legalize gay marriage.

Minnesota joins Rhode Island and Delaware as the states to have legalized same-sex marriage this year. Despite that Massachusetts, Connecticut, Iowa, Vermont, New Hampshire, New York, Washington, Maine, Maryland, of course Rhode Island, Delaware, and The District of Columbia have already legalized it, Minnesota is the first middle western state to legalize gay marriage.

The bill passed by legislative vote with the senate passing it 37-30 and the house passing it 75-59.

According to, “Among America’s many voter types, there are only five demographic groups left where opponents of equality still show up: less educated Caucasians (56%), the over-65 crowd (58%), Republicans (69%), evangelical Protestant Caucasians (73%), and Tea Partyists (nearly 100%).”

The number of states expected to legalize gay marriage in 2013 and 2014 does not stop at Minnesota though; New Jersey, Hawaii, Michigan, Oregon, Colorado, New Mexico, Nevada, and California are expected to pass similar motions. All of the mentioned states currently have legislature or lawsuits challenging their bans on gay marriage.

There was a bill on Illinois’ senate floor that was to be considered on Friday, 31 May, but it could not be voted upon before the session adjourned. Until the next session later this year, same-sex couples will just have to wait and see.

In Pennsylvania same-sex marriage, civil unions, and domestic partnerships are not recognized, and marriage is defined as between “one marriage and one woman.” Though the legislature has been presented to legalize such unions, none have been successful. However, legislature to amend the state’s constitution to ban measures to legalize such unions have failed as well, leaving the possibility that someday Pennsylvania may legalize same sex-unions.

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