The Senate voted yesterday on legislation to allow same-sex couples to marry in Minnesota. The debate included a number of personal speeches that referenced family and friends. Senator Jeff Hayden (DFL-Minneapolis) used his time on the floor to discuss his own family and the limitations he would have seen if not for changes in recent history surrounding marriage.
After the vote, Sen. Hayden reflected on those thoughts, “It was an emotional day at the state Capitol. I talked about my own family and the fact that I wouldn’t have had the chance to marry my wife and we would not be blessed with our wonderful children today. Thankfully, the fight for my marriage was won years ago. We are not discussing inter-racial marriages today, but it is the same argument, and today, love wins.”
The legislation went on to pass 37 to 30 with only one member of the GOP voting for the change. Governor Dayton will sign the legislation at a public signing on May 14, 2013. Once signed, the legislation will go into law and same-sex couples will be able to get married starting August 1.
“This is a great day and I am proud to be a part of a change that will affect so many families,” said Sen. Hayden. “I know that this is not a popular vote across all of Minnesota, but in time I am certain that people will look at today and wonder why some senators voted against a common sense civil rights bill.”