From the speeches and toasts at the Marriage Equality Party at the Wilde Roast Café, to the first gay marriage ceremonies at Minneapolis City Hall conducted by Mayor R.T. Rybak himself, MinnPost contributing photographer Terry Gydesen captured the historic night.
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The Twin Cities Gay Men’s Chorus serenades a crowded City Hall.
Mayor R.T. Rybak rocks the rainbow-Minnesota belt (above) and the Gay Men’s Chorus warms up at City Hall.
The couple’s commitment ceremony took place Aug. 2, 2003. The legal renewing of their vows will turn their 10th anniversary trip into a honeymoon.
In the heady moments after the Minnesota Senate voted to recognize LGBT marriage rights, Andy Holmaas watched as his boss, Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak, announced that he’d marry anyone who showed up at City Hall on Aug. 1, the second it was possible.
“It’s gonna be an interesting summer,” Holmaas thought, not yet suspecting the scope of Rybak’s vision — or that he was about to be anointed reluctant wedding planner.
What we’re really trying to convey is that if you are a business on Main Street and people look at you and think of you as a flower shop or a bakery, and they don’t really think of you as a mosque or a synagogue, you don’t have the right to discriminate.
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Q:Gay marriage is allowed in all USA?
Today’s ruling means legally married couples must be treated equally under federal law, provided they continue to reside in states that recognize their marriages. The 77-page opinion did not address the question of whether states may continue to recognize only a traditional definition of marriage. Nor did it strike down the section of the law that says states where same-sex marriage is not legal don’t have to recognize legal marriages performed elsewhere.
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"The fact that the majority held that the decision was a question of equal protection suggests that the high court may not be done with gay marriage, said Morgan Holcomb, a professor at the Hamline University School of Law."
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