Tuesday, May 14 will go down as a historic day for the state of Minnesota. Governor Mark Dayton signed a bill into law, making Minnesota the 12th state in the U.S. to allow same-sex couples to marry, according to Reuters. The signing comes one day after state senators approved the bill. Minnesota is the third state in May to approve of same-sex marriage, following in the steps of Rhode Island and Delaware.
“It is now my honor to sign into law this next step for the state of Minnesota to fulfill its promise to every Minnesotan,” Dayton told a crowd assembled in St. Paul. The law goes into effect August 1, and it was announced that the city hall in Minneapolis will open at midnight on that day, allowing couples to have their wedding ceremonies. The mayor of Minneapolis will be on-hand as an officiator that first night.
Minnesota is the second state in the Midwest to approve of same-sex marriage, after a state Supreme Court order made it legal in Iowa in 2009. Illinois is working on their own bill, as well. It was approved by state senators in February, but awaits a vote from the House.
Gay marriage still isn’t legal on a federal level, though it’s being addressed by the Supreme Court.