Last week, I shared that the Minnesota House of Representatives passed a same-sex marriage bill. Earlier today, the Minnesota Senate passed a similar marriage equality bills by a vote of 37-30! Gov. Mark Dayton (DFL) has promised to sign this bill into law as early as Tuesday. Once approved, this law will go into effect on August 1, 2013!
This makes Minnesota the 12th marriage equality state (post-Prop 8) and the sixth such state to successfully pass a marriage equality action within the past six months.
Back in January, I would have thought Minnesota to be a long shot and Illinois to be a sure thing for marriage equality. I'm totally shocked!