Gay Marriage Is Now The Law Of The Land In Minnesota.  On Tuesday, May 14, Governor Dayton signed into law Minnesota’s “Freedom to Marry Act,” making Minnesota the 12th state to permit same-sex marriage.  Minnesota was previously the first state to reject a constitutional amendment which would have defined marriage as being between one man and one woman.  After the defeat of that amendment, lawmakers went to work to enact legislation which would affirmatively allow gay marriages.  The newly-passed law will take effect August 1. What does the new law say? Minnesota law previously stated explicitly that marriages between persons […]

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Minnesota nixes marriage definition amendment Tuesday’s election made Minnesota the first state to reject a proposed constitutional amendment which would have defined marriage to include only heterosexual couples.  In all other states in which such a constitutional amendment had previously been placed on a ballot, the measure had passed.  What does this mean for Minnesota family law? Minnesota’s constitutional amendment process Minnesota’s process for amending its constitution is relatively straightforward.  First, a majority of votes in both the state House and Senate are required to place the proposed amendment on an election ballot.  Because a simple majority is a low […]

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