After the Minnesota senate passed the marriage equality bill yesterday, Governor Dayton said he would sign it today. ABC News reports:
With marriages to be available for Minnesota’s gay couples starting Aug. 1, Duluth residents Gary Anderson and Gary Boelhower are getting ready to do something that seemed impossible when they started dating three years ago: plan a wedding. “The plan is to do it in August, definitely,” Boelhower said Monday, shortly after Minnesota’s Legislature took its final vote in favor of legalizing gay marriage. Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton has pledged to sign the bill, and is scheduled to do so at 5 p.m. Tuesday on the front steps of the Capitol in St. Paul.
It wasn’t so long ago that these bills would linger for days or weeks on a Governor’s desk while we all wondered if he would say yes or no, weighing our fate in his hands. It’s a nice change.
There will also be a party tonight in St. Paul. Vita.mn reports:
A truly rainbow-like coalition of Twin Cities musicians will perform at a free outdoor bash celebrating the legislation at Ecolab Plaza in downtown St. Paul, including Chan Poling and members of the Suburbs, the Twin Cities Gay Men’s Chorus, P.O.S., Hookers & Blow, Zoo Animal and the Jack Brass Band. Mayor Chris Coleman and the City of St. Paul are hosting the party and calling it the “Love Is the Law” concert, named after the Suburbs’ 1984 hit that became an anthem for the legislations advocates. The party will begin after Dayton’s 5 p.m. signing ceremony around 6 p.m., and is scheduled to last until 10:15. Ecolab Plaza is at 375 Wabasha St. N. More info on the concert can be found on the city’s website.