Illustration by Brian Barber
[R.T. Rybak] recalled he was a reporter at the Star Tribune 35 years ago, when the city’s police department was still conducting raids on the bath-houses on Hennepin Avenue. (The bath-houses were among the few places gays could freely congregate.)
Now, as mayor, he was the officiant of the marriage of the city’s police chief, Janee Harteau, and her longtime partner, Holly Keegel, a sergeant on the Minneapolis police force.
“I’m gay, I’m in a relationship with a woman, and I’m happy,” Kristen Ostendorf blurted out to a roomful of fellow teachers at a workshop.
She was asked to resign the next day.
The Twin Cities Gay Men’s Chorus serenades a crowded 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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Marriage was created by the hand of God. No man, not even a Supreme Court, can undo what a holy God has instituted.
Someone asked me what the Republican vote would have been on a secret ballot. I think 15 to 20 [House Republicans] would have voted yes.
GOP Rep. David FitzSimmons, of Albertville, discussing the Minnesota House’s vote to legalize same-sex marriage. FitzSimmons was one of four Republicans to vote yes on the measure, along with Reps. Pat Garofalo, Farmington; Jenifer Loon, Eden Prairie; Andrea Kieffer, Woodbury.