Tuesday afternoon, Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton (DFL) signed the state’s marriage equality bill into law at a public ceremony. Addressing the crowd, Dayton applauded the state’s progress from defeating an anti-gay constitutional amendment to passing full equality:
DAYTON: What a day for Minnesota, and what a difference a year and an election can make in our state! Last year there were concerns that marriage equality would be banned here forever. Now, my signature will make it legal in two and a half months. First and foremost, I want to thank the people of Minnesota who voted last year to defeat a very destructive constitutional amendment and also to elect courageous legislators who would support this monumental social advance. I want to thank the activists… who worked so long and so hard to win this extraordinary victory. [...]
Last week, I suggested to you legislators that you read John F. Kennedy’s Profiles in Courage book. Instead, you wrote its latest chapter. By your political courage, you join that pantheon of exception leaders who did something truly extraordinary: you changed the course of history for our state and our nation.
Watch his full remarks and the signing:
Minnesota is the 12th state to recognize marriage equality. The law takes effect August 1.