Gov. Dayton to sign gay marriage bill into law Tuesday


Gov. Mark Dayton plans to sign a bill legalizing gay marriage in Minnesota at a 5 p.m. Tuesday ceremony planned on the Capitol steps. A celebratory concert will follow at about 6 p.m. in downtown St. Paul.

The action caps a long debate in Minnesota over same-sex marriage, and follows historic House and Senate votes.

Thousands of people – boisterous bill supporters noticeably outnumbered its opponents Monday – flooded the Capitol to witness the historic moment when the state Senate passed the bill by a 37-to-30 vote, MPR reported.

In another story, MPR notes that while bill supporters were jubilant, opponents say the debate has not been settled.

The law would take effect Aug. 1. KARE 11 spoke to Rabbi Michael Latz, who married his partner in Canada. "This is amazing. This is the best of what Minnesota is all about. Love and commitment," the rabbi said. His daughter, 9-year-old Noa Simon Latz, said, "It's awesome. It's so nice for families to get married. You can marry the person you love here now. It's so sweet to know that."

The vote to put some state senators crossways with public opinion back in their home districts, the Associated Press reported.

KARE 11 examines whether some lawmakers will face retribution from from constituents over their vote.

MPR takes a look at Olmsted County in southeastern Minnesota as part of a broader analysis of how the issue has divided the state, and how some parts of Minnesota are changing politically.

KAAL TV examines what is next for gay couples who plan to marry. KAAL says they'll need to make the same decisions heterosexual couples make, including whether to legally change their last name.

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