After Governor Mark Dayton signed a marriage equality law passed by the legislature last week, Minnesota became the twelfth US state to legalize same-sex marriage. In an outdoor public signing ceremony surrounded by throngs of people, Dayton signed the measure then posted a photo of the event to his Twitter account with the short tweet: "It's history." The law will go into force on August 1, state officials said, making the northern US state the third in two weeks to legalize same sex marriage, after Rhode Island and Delaware. Minnesota will be the second midwestern state to recognize gay marriage after Iowa, but constitutional bans against gay marriage remain in place in 31 of the 50 US states. The US Supreme Court is expected to issue a ruling next month on whether or not the Defense of Marriage Act, under which the federal government recognizes only heterosexual marriages, is constitutional.Source: AFP << In Children, Asymptomatic Carriage of M. Pneumoniae is Commo... In 2012, Health Workers Attacked in 22 Nations >> Recommended Reading Lithuanian Gays to Film TV Campaign to Promote Gay March Despite Widespread Opposition Despite widespread opposition in the deeply Roman Catholic state, Lithuania's gay community has started filming a TV campaign. READ MORE For US Gays, Divorce is Just a Big Hurdle as Marriage is Divorce is just the same difficult as gay marriages in the US. READ MORE No Reduction Observed in Rate of HIV Infections Among Gays in England and Wales A new study reveals that the number of HIV infections among gays and bisexual men in England and Wales has not gone down. READ MORE Coming Out Reduces Stress Levels Among Gays A team of Canadian researchers has found that declaring their sexual orientation reduces the stress levels of gays and lesbians. READ MORE Divorce: Pros and Cons Divorce can be traumatic for children and create a sense of insecurity amongst them. Couples should realize that joined parenting is important even after divorce. READ MORE How to Save your marriage You can save your marriage - even when your partner insists on a divorce. READ MORE Is Life Better Staying Single or Getting Married? The stigma linked to staying single is gradually disappearing. More people opt to stay single and many even claim to be happier. But there are both advantages and disadvantages to staying single. READ MORE Most Popular on Medindia Sanatogen Find a Doctor Loram (2 mg) (Lorazepam) More News on: How to Save your marriageDivorce: Pros and ConsIs Life Better Staying Single or Getting Married?