Gov. Dayton signs same-sex marriage legislation
I thought Dibble was going to be last?
HF 1054 waits for action in the Senate. MPR Photo/Jeff Thompson
Sen. Tom Bakk (DFL) telling story of going to summer camp . In 1962, his dad recruited a college student from Concordia to be a camp counselor, later went on to the seminary and became a Lutheran pastor. Called his mother this weekend to talk about "Ray." In 1968 when my little brother came down with brain cancer, Ray was there. In 1987 when my little brother had a stroke, it was Ray that was there for our family. In 1993, when my sister came down with leukemia and came to the U of M for a bone marrow transplant, it was Ray who was with my family. it was Ray who drove from Mpls to be there with my family for the funeral of my little brother. Ray knows a lot about marriage, counseled a lot of couples. .... he felt the excitement in a couple's eyes as he married them. he felt the excitement in mine because in 1976 he married me. A few years later he came out as being gay and his employer in the church didn't treat him very well and he had a difficult ministerial career after that. Today he's retired and he lives in Mpls, but something has always bothered me that over the decades of his friendship with our family, he participated in the joy of so many marriages, but could never have one of his own.
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Press release from Gov. Dayton:
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 13, 2013
Contact: Katharine Tinucci
Governor Dayton to sign bill granting all Minnesotans the freedom to marry
Tomorrow, Governor Mark Dayton will sign into law House File 1054/Senate File 925, granting all Minnesotans the freedom to marry. The signing will take place on the Capitol South Steps at 5pm.
Who: Governor Mark Dayton, legislators, supporters
What: Bill Signing Ceremony for H.F. 1054/ S.F. 925
When: Tuesday, May 14, 2013, 5:00pm
Where: State Capitol, South Steps
Media RSVP: Please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org along with any technical needs your organization may have. A press riser with power will be provided.
A media walkthrough of the space will take place at 9:30 am on Tuesday May, 14.
Office of the Governor, Communications Department
130 State Capitol, St. Paul, MN 55155
T: 651-201-3400 | E: Dayton.Media@state.mn.us
MPR News' Sasha Aslanian live on the radio just now from the Capitol:"Everybody has now flocked to the Rotunda, where they're going to have a victory rally," she says.She's surrounded mostly by same-sex marriage supporters."Just moments ago, people leapt to their feet, glued to the television monitors [for the vote]."Today's legislation goes all the way back to Michael McConnell and Jack Baker, a Minneapolis couple who tried to marry in 1970.
State Sen. Scott Dibble, co-author of the Senate's same-sex marriage bill, accepts congratulations on the Senate floor. (MPR Photo/Jeffrey Thompson)
MPR Video/Molly Bloom
Crowd at the Minnesota Capitol cheers the passage of same-sex marriage bill. MPR Photo/Molly Bloom
GOP Sen. Branden Petersen "I thought there would be a couple more. I'm disappointed there weren't a couple more" re only GOP vote in Senate.by tomscheck via twitter 5/13/2013 9:41:54 PM
Minn. Senate approves same-sex marriage; sends to Dayton
by Paul Tosto, Minnesota Public Radio
May 13, 2013
ST. PAUL, Minn. — The Minnesota Senate Monday voted to legalize same-sex marriage, sending the measure to Gov. Mark Dayton, who has said he will sign it into law.
The Senate vote, 37-30 came three days after the House also approved the legislation allowing same-sex couples to be legally married in the state.
Live on the radio, from the CapitolMPR News reporter Sasha Aslanian talked to Rev. Rebecca Voelkel, a member of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force and a minister in the United Church of Christ, who's been at the Capitol for today's debate and vote.The legislation has been both political and personal for Voelkel, who plans to marry her partner, Maggie George, after the law goes into effect Aug. 1."The piece about being part of this struggle… has also been a very personal journey for us, and we're also very excited about getting married," she said, "And our daughter [who is 6 years old] is excited about being a flower girl."Voelkel spoke a bit about the the intersection of faith and politics in this debate, and called the movement "a joyous joining of forces.""The campaign has really been respectful of faith… and we're very excited about it," she said.
DFLers Koenen and Sparks say they voted no because their districts voted heavily in favor of marriage ban...by tomscheck via twitter 5/13/2013 9:45:25 PM
Proud Day to call myself a Minnesotan!
Sad day for MN.
Rotunda after the vote. MPR Photo/Molly Bloom
Live on the air just now, host Tom Crann talked to University of Minnesota law professor Dale Carpenter:
"This is a movement that really began here in Minnesota, with Michael McConnell and Jack Baker," he said. "Today it came home to Minnesota with this win."
Adding the "civil marriage" amendment was crucial to the passage of this bill, Carpenter said. The laws of more than 20 states include similar language.
"It makes absolutely clear that there is a difference in the law between civil marriage and religious marriage," he said.
Today's bill, Carpenter adds, includes very clear protections for religious liberty -- it's among the strongest in the country.
"I think we can be proud of what we did today," he said.
Press release from City of St. Paul:
Saint Paul to throw outdoor musical celebration immediately following Governor’s approval of Freedom to Marry Bill
“Love is Law” concert will take place on Ecolab Plaza
What: Join Mayor Chris Coleman and the City of Saint Paul at an outdoor musical concert Tuesday evening immediately following Governor Dayton’s signing of the Freedom to Marry Bill at approximately 6 p.m. In celebration of this historic legislation, Ecolab Plaza will become a venue for the “Love is Law” concert, featuring some of Minnesota’s best local music Tuesday evening. The Minnesota Freedom Band will lead a procession from the Capitol lawn to downtown Saint Paul. Food and beverage will be available for purchase.
Who: Minnesota Freedom Band
Jack Brass Band
DJ Jake Rudh
Twin Cities Gay Men’s Chorus
Chan Poling and Friends (The Suburbs)
Mayor Chris Coleman
Where: Ecolab Plaza
375 Wabash Street North, Saint Paul
When: Tuesday, May 14, 2013
Approximately 6 p.m. - 10:15 p.m. (Immediately following the signing of the Freedom to Marry Bill)
***If you need a space reserved for a live truck, call Clarise at 651-266-8571***
More from the Capitol, live on the radio with MPR News' Sasha Aslanian:
Jeff Evans, pastor of Christ Church Twin Cities in Minnetonka, told Sasha he's unhappy with today's senate vote.
"Obviously, it's very disappointing, especially with the thinness of the votes," he said. "But it's a very important day in the history of Minnesota."
He added, though, that he sees redemption amid his disappointment.
"Right at the very heart of the Christian story is this death and resurrection motif… We're not going away in this debate," he said. "We're here to minister, to serve and really see marriage defended."
Which state is likely next to take on marriage laws?
For now, the state recognizes civil unions.
But in February, the Illinois senate passed legislation that would effectively allow the state to grant marriages between same-sex couples. According to a Chicago Tribune report after the vote:
"Under the measure, marriage officially would be changed in state law from an act between a man and a woman to two people. The legislation explicitly says nothing in the proposed law would force a religious denomination or minster to 'solemnize any marriage.' People in civil unions would be able to convert them to gay marriages within a year of a same-sex marriage law going on the books in Illinois."
Just last week, Gov. Pat Quinn encouraged the state's House members to follow their Senate counterparts and take up a vote on same-sex marriage legislation.
Illinois has recognized civil unions -- as well as same-sex marriages established outside Illinois -- since June 2011, when its Religious Freedom Protection and Civil Union Act went into effect.
The state's General Assembly has been debating legislation around same-sex marriage since 2007.
A New Yorker roundup from April expands on Illinois' marriage status:
"Illinois … is on the verge of adopting same-sex marriage. If it does, as expected, before the end of May, and before the Supreme Court decisions in June, it would be a big deal. It is not only a large state (fifth by population, with almost thirteen million people), it would be only the second state in the middle of the country to allow gay marriage (Iowa is the first). It would also be the second-largest state, after New York, to currently allow it. (California was, and would be again, the largest, if the Supreme Court strikes down Proposition 8, its gay-marriage ban)."
We will provide live coverage of the signing ceremony at the Capitol here, and on the radio. Stay tuned.
Same-sex marriage: Lobbying, polling, timing, key lawmakers led to victory
by Catharine Richert, Minnesota Public Radio
May 14, 2013
ST. PAUL, Minn. — At 5 p.m. on May 8 -- less than 24 hours before the Minnesota House was to vote on a bill to legalize same-sex marriage -- Rep. Roger Erickson, DFL-Baudette, was sitting in his office when a couple walked in with a postcard explaining why he should vote to allow gay people to marry.
Erickson said he had already spent months weighing the issue. The two visitors helped him make up his mind.
"I was very undecided for quite a while," he said. "And then it just kind of hit me that it really should not matter whether it was a man and a woman, or two men or two women... I just became comfortable with the decision [to vote for the bill], that it's kind of the right thing to do."
Erickson's decision to support the bill did not come easily. Last fall, his district voted for an amendment to the state constitution that would have banned same-sex marriage. Supporting the legislation to legalize the practice could cost him his seat in 2014.
Despite the DFL's new majorities in the House and Senate, one look at a map of where the amendment passed and failed offers visible evidence that securing support from outstate DFLers, let alone Republicans, would be an uphill battle. Few people thought then that the Legislature would move this quickly to turn around and make same-sex marriage legal. But it did, and Gov. Mark Dayton plans to sign the measure into law Tuesday evening.
This is what we are expecting for speakers at the signing ceremony today, in this order:
Gov. Dayton remarks (5 p.m.)
Rep. Karen Clark
Sen. Scott Dibble
Senate Majority Leader Tom Baak
House Speaker Paul Thissen
Richard Carlbom of Minnesotans United for All Families
Start planning now! At 12:01 a.m. on the first day that all Minnesotans are able to get married, historic Minneapolis City Hall will be open and available for couples wishing to tie the knot. Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak will be on hand and happy to officiate weddings that night.
What better place to celebrate an historic occasion than at one of Minnesota’s historic crown jewels. Minneapolis City Hall is a striking example of Romanesque architecture, with a 345 foot clock tower and a dramatic six-story Rotunda adorned with 37 stained glass windows, a skylight and Italian marble.
For more information on holding your wedding ceremony at Minneapolis City Hall contact the Municipal Building Commission at 612-596-9518 or e-mail email@example.com. More information is also available here.
Dem 1-upsmanship on gay marriage: #mdayton inks bill in big to-do. STP mayor drapes town in rainbow flags. MPLS mayor to wed couples
Brian Bakst is a St. Paul AP correspondentby Brian Bakst via twitter edited by Jon Gordon, MPR News 5/14/2013 8:13:17 PM
MPR will provide live web and radio coverage of Gov. Dayton's bill signing ceremony on the capitol steps. Event starts at 5pm.by tomscheck via twitter 5/14/2013 9:04:48 PM
Same-sex marriage opponents, supporters say they will remember how legislators voted
by Curtis Gilbert, Minnesota Public Radio
May 14, 2013
ST. PAUL, Minn. — A bill legalizing same-sex marriage in Minnesota will be signed into law Tuesday afternoon by Gov. Mark Dayton.
Thousands of people flooded the Capitol to witness that historic moment on Monday when the state Senate passed the bill by a 37-to-30 vote to legalize same-sex marriage in Minnesota. Some came to celebrate it. Others came to protest.
A thunderous cheer rose up from the Capitol rotunda just moments after the senators cast their votes.
"It's amazing. The thought that my wife and I have been together for eight years, and we have five beautiful kids and now we can get married," said Nitara Frost, wiping tears from her eyes.
The makeshift sign she holds up is a photo of her family.
"My oldest is eight, and then we have a six-year-old son, a five-year-old son, a four-year-old son, and an almost-three-year-old son," Frost said. "And they're all adopted from Minnesota. And so now we can go home and tell the kids, and I'm very excited."
For hours leading up to the vote, supporters of same-sex marriage chanted, cheered and sang until their voices were hoarse.
The rotunda was a sea of orange shirts -- many left over from last year's campaign against the constitutional amendment that would have effectively banned same-sex marriage. The shirts still read "Vote No," but everyone knew that this time the message meant "Yes."
Tina Fahnestock was one of many who noted the irony.
"I'm really happy that the Republican Party put this amendment on the ballot in November, because it rallied all of us to push for equality marriage for all people in the state of Minnesota," Fahnestock said. "I don't think it would have come his quickly and this sweetly." The day was not so sweet for opponents of same-sex marriage. They were outnumbered. Their signs urged lawmakers not to "erase moms and dads." Some played drums. Many prayed.
Ann Collopy stood not far from drum and prayer groups. She called the day "cataclysmic."
"You start overturning societal institutions like this, that's big. It's big," Collopy said. "I'm glad I'm older, and I'm glad that I do not have a family. I never married. I don't have children, and I'm glad. I wouldn't wish what's coming on the next generation."
But in spite of Collopy's outlook, she said opponents of same sex marriage in Minnesota will continue fighting it.
Gov Dayton and lawmakers are walking out of the Capitol to crowd's applause.by Conrad Wilson via twitter 5/14/2013 9:42:00 PM
Rainbow flags, lots of people on the Capitol steps ahead of the bill signing ceremonyby Conrad Wilson via twitter 5/14/2013 9:56:42 PM
Lawmakers are on the steps facing a crowd of thousandsby Conrad Wilson via twitter 5/14/2013 9:57:53 PM