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Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton is scheduled to sign a marriage equality bill into law today at 5 p.m. at the state capitol, making Minnesota the 12th state to allow same-sex couples to marry.
The legislation, approved by the state Senate yesterday, continues an unprecedented momentum toward marriage equality, with Minnesota being the sixth state to approve marriage equality in the past six months and the third to do so in the past two weeks.
Rhode Island’s legislature and governor approved a marriage equality law May 2. Delaware’s legislature and governor did so May 7.
Governor expected to sign marriage equality bill today
Just minutes before the Delaware Senate was set to vote on its marriage equality bill, a Democrat senator who had been quiet about how she would vote announced on her Facebook page that she would vote yes. The announcement by Senator Bethany Hall-Long, who represents Dover, the state capital, came just minutes after the city’s other Democratic senator, Karen Peterson, came out as gay on the floor during debate.
The final roll call vote, after three hours of debate, was 12 to 9, with the gallery erupting into loud and prolonged applause. The twelve supporters included one Republican; the nine opponents included two Democrats.
Just minutes later, Democratic Governor Jack Markell signed the bill, making Delaware the eleventh state plus the District of Columbia to provide for equal protection under its marriage laws. Meanwhile, a Minnesota House Ways and Means Committee gave the marriage equality bill there a green light Monday, and the House floor is scheduled to vote on the measure Thursday (May 9). Democratic Governor Mark Dayton is lobbying actively for the measure.
Just because she's not a witch, doesn't mean that Christine O'Donnell, the former U.S. Senate candidate from Delaware, is a good interviewee. Last night during “Piers Morgan Tonight” on CNN, O'Donnell was pressed to talk about her views on same-sex marriage.
O’Donnell, popular with Tea Party voters, drew scrutiny during her campaign for past statements that she had allegedly dabbled in witchcraft, and also for referring to homosexuality as an “identity disorder.”
She is now promoting her new book, “Troublemaker: Let's Do What it Takes to Make America Great Again.”