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Minn. governor to sign bill allowing gay marriage

UPDATE: Minnesota Gov. Dayton signs gay marriage bill
Posted at 7:34 AM, May 14, 2013
and last updated 2013-05-14 04:43:32-04

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota's governor is set to sign a bill legalizing gay marriage that will let same-sex couples hold weddings starting Aug. 1.

Gov. Mark Dayton has repeatedly promised to sign the bill. He's scheduled to do so during a ceremony at 5 p.m. Tuesday on the front steps of Minnesota's Capitol in St. Paul.

The state Legislature gave its final stamp of approval Monday when the Senate passed the bill by a 37-30 vote. The House passed it last week.

Minnesota becomes the 12th U.S. state to legalize gay marriage, and the first in the Midwest to do it by legislative vote.