Yesterday, the Minnesota state House approved a law that would legalize same-sex marriage in the state by a vote of 75 to 59. The bill is expected to be voted on by the Senate on Monday and could be signed by the governor as early as Tuesday.
Representative Tim Faust (D FL-District 11B) spoke about the vote "Ninety-nine-point-nine percent of the time, the people that are opposed to gay marriage, at some point in their discussion, they always say, 'My Bible says.' The question that keeps going through my mind over and over again is, do we as a society have the right to impose our religious beliefs on somebody else?"
"If you support equality today, I think you'll be proud of it for the rest of your life," Representative Joe Mullery (DLF-District 59A) said to his colleagues before voting in favor of the bill.
If the bill is approved by the Senate, Minnesota will be the 12th state in addition to the District of Columbia that allows same-sex marriage. Earlier this week Delaware approved a bill legalizing same-sex marriage, and the week before Rhode Island also approved same-sex marriage.
Media Resources: Los Angeles Times 5/9/2013; Reuters 5/9/2013; Feminist Newswire 5/8/2013
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"All documents will now have a third category marked 'transgender,'" said Laxmi Narayan Tripathi, a transgender activist who petitioned the court. . . .