While most of the northeastern states are passing marriage equality like a domino effect, the first mid-west state to pass marriage equality on a state house-level is Minnesota. Both the house and senate passed the bill with a majority. Last year voters in the state rejected a proposal to restrict marriage rights to straight couples via the state constitution. So since the majority of the people support it, it was no surprise to me to see the state government pass it.
As soon as I heard the news, I was really happy to know that somewhere the crazy congresswoman Michele Bachmann is throwing a fit. She is one of the most social-conservative members of congress, and while she served the Minnesota senate she was one of the key players preventing marriage equality from ever being passed. Thankfully her work all amounted to nothing.
Governor Mark Dayton is expected to sign it today, and will go in effect on August 1st. Kudos to Minnesota for being advocates of freedom.