On May 14, Governor Mark Dayton signed into law a bill legalizing same-sex marriages in Minnesota. The new law went into effect on August 1, Hodges that there is a fundamental right to marriage guaranteed to same-sex couples nationwide. During debate on the bill, the Legislature sought to ensure that the legislation would not unconstitutionally infringe upon the rights of religious entities.
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Reuters - A federal appeals court on Friday revived a lawsuit by a Minnesota couple challenging a state law requiring that their video production company film same-sex weddings, which they say violates their Christian beliefs. In a decision, the 8th U. Circuit Court of Appeals in St. Paul, Minnesota, said Angel and Carl Larsen can try to show that the law violates their rights to free speech and to freely exercise their religious beliefs under the First Amendment of the U. The court ordered U. District Judge John Tunheim in Minneapolis to decide whether the Larsens and their Telescope Media Group deserve a preliminary injunction against the law, which subjects violators to fines and possible jail time. Tunheim had dismissed the lawsuit in September
Reality Check: 5 Years Of Same-Sex Marriage In Minnesota
This article is from the archive of our partner. In a historic vote early Monday evening, the Minnesota State Senate voted to pass same-sex marriage, after the House passed it last week in a vote. Minnesota's statehouse is now the 12th state in the country to join a wave of gay marriage approval , setting the stage for Governor Mark Dayton to sign the law heading into a big summer for the movement nationwide — including the first legal same-sex marriages in the state.
Same-sex marriage is fully legal and recognized in the U. Same-sex marriages have been recognized if performed in other jurisdictions since July 1, , and the state began issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples on August 1, After Minnesota was the second state in the Midwest , after Iowa , to legalize marriage between same-sex couples  and the first in the region to do so by enacting legislation rather than by court order.