Tuesday, May 14, 2013

The Gaily News: Minnesota approves same-sex marriage

Posted by on Tue, May 14, 2013 at 11:39 AM

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Minnesota has become the 12th state to legalize gay marriage, following Delaware and Rhode Island, which also approved marriage equality laws during the past few weeks.

The Minnesota State Senate voted to approve same-sex marriages 37 to 30 on May 13, following approval by the State’s House of Representatives last week. The governor is expected to sign the bill into law later today.

Just two years ago, the then Republican-led Minnesota government voted to put an amendment to the state constitution that would ban gay marriage on the 2012 ballot. This measure was defeated at the polls.

Despite taking a stance against gay marriage in the past, Charlie Crist now supports marriage equality. The former governor and new democrat took to Facebook to congratulate Delaware and Rhode Island for legalizing same-sex marriage, posting, “Some great news: On Tuesday, Delaware became the 11th state to allow marriage equality. And just a few days ago, Rhode Island adopted a similar measure, which followed victories last fall in Maine, Maryland and Washington. I most certainly support marriage equality in Florida and look forward to the day it happens here.”

One Million Moms’ latest target is Walt Disney World’s Gay Days, an event that isn’t officially sanctioned by Mickey, but draws more than 150,000 LGBT individuals to the theme park each year. The organization, whose best known campaign was a boycott against JC Penney after the retail chain hired Ellen DeGeneres as its spokesperson, is demanding that Disney puts a stop to this year’s event, to be held May 28 through June 3.

Last year, the Florida Family Association protested Gay Days, flying two planes over the theme park to warn families about the event.

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