A woman displays a sign during the March for Marriage rally in Washington March 26. Thousands of people who gathered in support of traditional marriage took their message to the U.S. Supreme Court as they walked and held aloft placards objecting to same- sex marriage.
The “full social and legal effects” of state lawmakers’ decision to legalize same-sex marriage “will begin to manifest themselves in the years ahead,” says Minnesota’s Catholic bishops.
The law is to take effect Aug. 1, making Minnesota the 12th state to allow same-sex couples to marry. Earlier in May, Rhode Island and Delaware became the 10th and 11th states, respectively, to legalize same-sex marriage.
In Rhode Island, Gov. Lincoln Chafee signed into law a bill to legalize same-sex marriage in that state.
Same-sex marriage became legal in Delaware and goes into effect July 1.