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Gov. Mark Dayton signs bill legalizing gay marriage

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ST. PAUL, Minn. - Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton has signed a bill that legalizes gay marriage, making the state the 12th to do so.

Tens turned to hundreds turned to thousands at the state capitol.  The same thousands who prior to Tuesday were not allowed by law to marry who they love.

"You see a lot of families here that are going to be recognized.  Starting today, they're going to be," said Juan Carlos Alinas who was in attendance.

"We wanted our kids to be here and be part of this day that we will remember for the rest of our lives and I think they will too," said Lauren Wyseth.  Wyseth has been with her partner for 23 years.

"Very momentous day.  Huge day.  Not just for our generation but generations before us too,"

said Amanda Murphy of Coon Rapids.  Murphy wasn't sure how she'd react to the bill-signing.  "Very emotional.  Probably will cry."

The crowd of all ages continued to build on the front lawn of capitol as did the excitement when Governor Dayton made his way down the steps.  After a brief introduction... he approached the podium.  "So it is my honor to sign into law this next step for the state of Minnesota to fulfill its promise to every Minnesotan," said Dayton.  The thousands cheered.

The governor walked over to his desk... and began signing the bill.  
After the last page was complete he handed the pen to Sen. Scott Dibble (DFL-Minneapolis).

"We do have it in our power to speak about the values that unite us as being so more important than those that divide us," said Dibble to the crowd.  "We can continue to bring this state together through this movement that we've built."

Governor Dayton's signature came just a day after the state Senate approved it.

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