Same-sex couples in Minnesota won the right to marry today after the state Senate today gave final passage to a marriage equality bill. Gov. Mark Dayton has vowed to sign it.
Sen. Scott Dibble, who is openly gay, led the effort in the Senate, and openly lesbian Rep. Karen Clark was lead sponsor in the House. ”Today we have the power, the awesome, humbling power to make dreams come true,” Dibble said moments before the vote, his voice trembling.
“This is a dream come true for same-sex couples across Minnesota, and for the state’s gay and lesbian lawmakers who’ve worked so hard for this victory,” said Chuck Wolfe, president and CEO of the Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund. ”Their leadership has been powerful and inspirational, and they deserve our thanks for standing up for fairness, for equality and for all LGBT Minnesotans.”
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