Major legislative changes were made in the recent past and especially this week that will affect many same-sex couples that currently reside in Minnesota or may choose to move here in the future. That change was to legalize same-sex marriage. This change will affect not only the personal lives of many, but it will also affect the rights of Minnesota taxpayers.
In 1997 legislation was passed that officially banned same-sex marriage. Since that time, opposition to the law has increased in support. This past November, voters narrowly defeated a proposed amendment to the Minnesota Constitution that would have defined marriage as between a man and a woman. Since that vote, the road to legalize same-sex marriage was paved quickly.