With the stroke of a pen on the steps of the state capitol tonight at 6 Eastern time, Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton (D) will make the Land of 10,000 Lakes the 12th state (plus the District of Columbia) to legalize same-sex marriage. It will be the third state this month to do so, following Rhode Island (May 2) and Delaware (May 7). And it will also become the first state in the Midwest where the voters affirmatively approved it. Iowa did it through the courts.
Now, according to the Human Rights Campaign, more than 56 million Americans (18 percent of the U.S. population) live in marriage equality states.
This near-constant parade of states has left me bereft of anything new to say to celebrate the embrace of marriage equality. But my friend Mike Frederickson put a picture on his Facebook page last night that beautifully captured the thrill of what’s happening in Minnesota.
For those of you too young to even know who this dame is, she is Mary Tyler Moore at the end of the opening credits of her eponymous television show from the 1970s. And she is seen spinning and tossing her hat into the air on Nicollet Mall in Minneapolis. The theme song is a television classic. “Love is all around, no need to waste it,” goes one of the lines in the lyrics. Thanks to Dayton and the Minnesota state legislature, that line rings truer than ever.
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