Rainbow flags are flying high over a Mississippi River crossing in Minnesota's Capital city to welcome the expected legalization of same-sex marriage in Minnesota.
"Today, we line the Freedom to Marry Bridge with pride flags to show the importance of this legislation to the City of Saint Paul, the families that live here, and to those who have been waiting for this day for many years," said St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman.
The Wabasha street bridge//source: City of St. Paul
The city temporarily renamed the Wabasha Bridge, which crosses the Mississippi River in St. Paul, to celebrate.
The Minnesota Senate is expected to give final approval to the legalization measure Monday afternoon and Gov. Mark Dayton is expected to sign it on Tuesday.
Minnesota senators sharply questioned federal appeals court judge Neil Gorsuch during Wednesday's Supreme Court confirmation hearings, grilling him on whether he'd be protect the interests of ordinary people over corporations.
Other business groups like realtors, electric utility Xcel Energy Services, private colleges, tobacco giant Altria, Polymet Mining, health insurers and hospitals contributed to the overall total of $57.7 million to lobby the Legislature, the administration of Gov. Mark Dayton and Metro municipal governments.