Same-sex couples step up for marriage licenses

  • Article by: Rochelle Olson and Anthony Lonetree , Star Tribune staff writers
  • Updated: June 7, 2013 - 11:15 AM

A small but steady stream of same-sex couples went to county offices for marriage licenses.

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amgtbflJun. 6, 13 9:15 AM

All I kept thinking about was how thankful I am to the people of Minnesota and especially to Jack Baker and Michael McConnell who brave'ly applied for a marriage license in 1970.

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getcrazyJun. 6, 13 9:35 AM

Freedom and equality. Win!

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jmcdonalJun. 6, 13 9:37 AM

Never thought I would see it in my lifetime (I was raised in Georgia), or live in a state where I could get married. My partner and I of 31 years are planning ours now. Thanks Minnesota! We love living here. We will now retire here as a family.

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AnnieRubinJun. 6, 1310:05 AM

What a wonderful day, and big step towards equality and a better world. I, too, am grateful for those who paved the way. Years and years and years of advocacy went into this effort. We stand on the shoulders of those brave men and women.

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bodisaat_vaJun. 6, 1310:08 AM

liberty, equality, fraternity

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gopher68Jun. 6, 1310:14 AM

I feel my "traditional marriage" crumbling already. Juat kidding. Seriously, congratulations to all the newly-marriage-eligible couples in MN.

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justanother1Jun. 6, 1310:18 AM

It's still not freedom if you need to pay a tax in the form of a license and ask for State Permission to do something you are perfectly capable of doing on your own.

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EleanoreJun. 6, 1310:35 AM

Equality under the law and constitutional based justice shouldn't be such a newsworthy event. That's probably what people should be taking away from this. Not the positive that has been done, but the work that needs to still be done so that this sort of "incidence of common sense" becomes un-newsworthy in the first place, because it is commonplace.

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ericgus55Jun. 6, 1311:10 AM

justanother1 - You seem to be missing something. If the only thing that matters to a couple is being "married" in the eyes of their God, their church, or their family and friends then they can have any sort of wedding or marriage they want and do not need a state license. If that couple wants to be married in the eyes of the state, however, then they must apply for a license from the state. Think of it as the difference between driving a car on your own property (no license needed) and driving on the public roads (license required).

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preponeJun. 6, 1311:27 AM

We got married nearly 4 years ago (in a spiritual ceremony) and are so happy to make it legal August 1st in MN. As we walked away from the Henn. Co. service counter, the nice county worker said to us, "may you ladies have a long, happy marriage." Thank you Minnesota. :)

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