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Pathfinders and Bibliographies

Axel-Lute, Paul. Same-Sex Marriage: A Selective Bibliography of the Legal Literature (Rutgers Law Library).

Web Sites

Defining Marriage: Defense of Marriage Acts and Same-Sex Marriage Laws, from the National Conference of State Legislatures.

Massachusetts Law About Same Sex Marriage, from the Massachusetts Trial Court Libraries.

Nationwide Map of Marriage Equality & Other Relationship Recognition Laws , from the Human Rights Campaign.

Same Sex Marriage, from Findlaw.

Minnesota's New Same-Sex Marriage Law from the Minnesota Department of Human Rights.

Same-Sex Marriage, special feature archive from SCOTUSblog.

Status of Same-Sex Relationships Nationwide, from Lambda Legal.

Selected Articles from Minnesota

Betlach, Bradley J. "Unconstitutionality of the Minnesota Defense of Marriage Act: Ignoring Judgments, Restricting Travel and Purposeful Discrimination," 24 William Mitchell Law Review 407 (1998).

Goldstein, Charles M. & Micaela Magsamen. "Constitutional Concerns in Defining Marriage in Minnesota," 81 Hennepin Lawyer 8 (No. 3, March 2012).

Holzer, Jane and Tom Horner. "Marriage, Equality, and the Minnesota Constitution," 69 Bench & Bar of Minnesota 24 (No. 6, July 2012).

Keller, Christopher J. "Divining the Priest: A Case Comment on Baehr v. Lewin," 12 Law & Inequality 483 (1994).

Penas, Dwight J. "Bless the Tie that Binds: A Puritan Covenant Case for Same-Sex Marriage," 8 Law & Inequality 533 (1990).

Nastich, Summer L. "Questioning the Marriage Assumptions: The Justifications for 'Opposite-Sex Only' Marriage as Support For the Abolition of Marriage," 21 Law & Inequality 114 (2003).

Weissman, Gary A. "Legal Esoterica [on Same-Sex Marriages]," 73 Hennepin Lawyer 24 (No. 2, March/April 2004).

Wilson, Adrienne K. "Same-Sex Marriage: A Review," 17 William Mitchell Law Review 539 (1991).

Wray, Tsippi. "Lesbian Relationships and Parenthood: Models for Legal Recognition of Nontraditional Families," 21 Hamline Law Review 127 (1997).

Minnesota Legislation

Proposed Constitutional Amendment, 2011 Laws of Minnesota chapter 88.

A12-1149 Limmer, et al., Petitioners, vs. Ritchie, Respondent, Swanson, Respondent, the case file from from the Minnesota Judicial Branch.

Marriage Defined, Minnesota Statutes §517.01.

Prohibited Marriages, Minnesota Statutes §517.03.

Resources on Minnesota Issues: Same-Sex Marriage in Minnesota, from the Minnesota Legislative Reference Library. Includes summaries of cases and a history of legislation since 1969. Links to current 2013 legislation.

Note: On May 14, 2013, Governor Mark Dayton signed HF 1054 into law, making Minnesota's marriage law gender neutral. The bill was passed by the House on May 9, 2013, and the Senate on May 13, 2013. The law went into effect August 1, 2013. See also, FAQs on Same Sex Marriage & Divorce, from the Self-Help Center.

To Find More:

Suggested Subject headings in our catalog: Same Sex Marriage; Gay Couples -- Legal Status, Laws, etc.; Lesbian Couples -- Legal Status, Laws, etc.; Civil Unions -- Law and Legislation.

Suggested Subject headings in Index to Legal Periodicals and Books: Same-Sex Marriage.

Or after a successful keyword search in either resource, look for useful subject headings under the items you retrieved and link to them.

Related Topics: LGBT Rights.

Minnesota State Law Library: Same-Sex Marriage

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