The Minnesota Senate voted 37-30 today to grant same-sex couples the freedom to marry.
The measure now goes to Gov. Mark Dayton, who said he will sign it into law tomorrow.
Jennifer C. Pizer, Lambda Legal's Law & Policy Project Director, worked with Minnesota advocates on the substance of the marriage bill. She released the following statement:
Today, the Delaware Senate voted to grant the freedom to marry to same-sex couples in Delaware. Governor Jack Markell signed the bill into law, and Delaware has joined the rapidly growing list of jurisdictions in the United States where the exclusion of same-sex couples from marriage has ended.
The Court built upon its 2009 ruling in Lambda Legal's landmark case Varnum v. Brien, which ordered that same-sex couples and their families be treated equally under state law, and won the right for same-sex couples to marry.
Marriage is common social currency. It is a way of expressing the most central loving partnership. It is imbued with dignity and respect. It is easily understood. As children, my clients imagined being married. And now their children want to see their parents married.
Today, the Senate introduced a comprehensive immigration reform bill that included many important provisions but did not include critically important protections for same-sex binational couples and their families.