The final vote on Minnesota’s marriage equality bill is due today – if it passes, it will make Minnesota the third state in as many weeks to pass a gay marriage bill. KARE reports:
Minnesota’s Senate is scheduled to debate and vote Monday on a bill to add the state to the growing list of those that allow gay marriage. It’s the last step before Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton, who has promised to sign legislation. A look at how the bill works, who it could affect, what got the state got to this point, and where Minnesota falls in spread of gay marriage around the country and worldwide.
A Minneapolis restaurant wants to be the first to celebrate the new law. Towleroad.com reports:
Anticipating that within the next few days, same-sex marriage will finally be signed into Minnesota law, Hell’s Kitchen would like to congratulate our beloved GLBT community with a free wedding celebration for one same-sex couple wishing to marry on Thursday, August 1, the very first day it will finally be possible.
In St. Paul, Mayor Chris Coleman is dedicating a bridge to marriage equality. TPM reports:
With Minnesota poised to become the latest state to make gay nuptials legal, St. Paul, Minn. Mayor Chris Coleman (D) announced Monday that he will dedicate one of the city’s most prominent bridges to marriage equality. Coleman took to Twitter to announce that this week, the Wabasha Street Bridge will be known as the “Freedom to Marry Bridge.” The tweet included a photo of the bridge, which crosses the Mississippi River, adorned with gay pride flags.
On Top Magazine profiles Rep. Steve Simon, who gave an emotional speech on the house floor two years ago when a ban was being considered:
Two years earlier, as lawmakers debated a constitutional amendment defining marriage as a heterosexual union which was later rejected by voters, Simon asked ban supporters whether, if sexuality is a gift from God, “what does that mean to the moral force of your argument? How many more gay people does God have to create before we ask ourselves whether or not God actually wants them around?” he asked to a round of applause.
Towleroad.com will have a live feed of the debate and vote, starting at 10 AM PST.