Minnesota legalizes gay marriage

AFP-JIJI

Minnesota on Monday became the 12th state, and the third in two weeks, to legalize same-sex marriage, marking another victory for marriage equality campaigners in the United States.

Senators in the state capital, Saint Paul, approved the measure by a 37-30 vote, after it cleared the House of Representatives on Thursday. Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton was expected to sign it into law as early as Tuesday. Constitutional bans remain in place in 31 states, while the Supreme Court is expected to rule in June on the Defense of Marriage Act, under which the federal government recognizes heterosexual marriages only.