Minnesota Legalizes Same-Sex Marriage

May 14, 2013

I had a brief discussion today with one of our editors  who tells me that Minnesota Laws 2013, Chapter 74, legalizing same sex marriage should be on Westlaw very soon after the governor signs the bill at a 5:00 pm ceremony (Central time).   Roughly, that means the law should be available around 6 pm depending on how much ceremony there might be before the governor signs the bill.  For obvious reasons, we do not publish session laws to our collections until they are actually signed.  Until then, you may read the engrossed bill here:  2013 MN H.F. 1054 (NS). To find the law, once published, navigate to Minnesota Enacted Legislation on WestlawNext or to MN-LEGIS on Westlaw Classic. Try a simple Terms and Connectors search for chapter 74:

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BILL SUMMARY:

A bill for an act relating to marriage; providing for civil marriage between two persons; providing for exemptions and protections based on religious association;amending Minnesota Statutes 2012, sections 363A.26; 51 1; 51 3, subdivision 1; 51 8, subdivision 1a; 51 9; 51 7
The bill becomes effective in August of this year.
[Update:  the session law is now available on Westlaw here: 2013 Minn. Sess. Law Serv. Ch. 74]