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On First Day All Minnesotans Can Marry, Mayor Rybak to Officiate Weddings at City Hall

Minneapolis City Hall will open at 12:01 a.m. the morning of Aug. 1.

On the first day that all Minnesotans are able to get married, Minneapolis City Hall will open at 12:01 a.m. for couples wishing to tie the knot.

The House passed same-sex marriage legislation last Thursday and the Senate also approved it Monday afternoon. Gov. Mark Dayton signed the bill into law Tuesday night on the steps of the St. Paul Capitol.

The law will go into effect Aug. 1 and Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak will be on hand to officiate weddings that day. Rybak tweeted Tuesday:

On the first day that ALL Minnesotans can legally marry I will be at City Hall at 12:01am to officiate weddings http://tinyurl.com/csh7w3s

A city press release talked glowingly of the historic city hall in Downtown Minneapolis:

What better place to celebrate an historic occasion than at one of Minnesota’s historic crown jewels. Minneapolis City Hall is a striking example of Romanesque architecture, with a 345 foot clock tower and a dramatic six-story Rotunda adorned with 37 stained glass windows, a skylight and Italian marble.

For more information on holding your wedding ceremony at Minneapolis City Hall contact the Municipal Building Commission at 612-596-9518 or e-mail tracey.mclaughlin@co.hennepin.mn.us. More information is also available here.

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Mike B. May 15, 2013 at 01:18 PM
Sad to see that Minneapolis' City Hall will be desecrated by these sham marriages. The State of Minnesota has no business sanctioning such nonsense.
Dan Johnson May 15, 2013 at 02:33 PM
"Prejudice, we are beginning to understand, rises not from malice or hostile animus alone. It may result as well from insensitivity caused by simple want of careful, rational reflection or from some instinctive mechanism to guard against people who appear to be different in some respects from ourselves." Conclusion: DOMA, as it relates to Golinski's case, "violates her right to equal protection of the law under the Fifth Amendment to the United States Constitution"
John Ferman May 15, 2013 at 03:52 PM
I have asked CCM Elizabeth Glidden to help get license issuance available and to have a judge present to waive the State law 5 day waiting period. August 1 falls on a Thursday, so much of this could be done the day and evening before, July 31. But those aspects should be available from 12:01 forward. Can you imagine the potential photo op for YouTube and Facebook. If this happens, I hope the word gets outs. I am 34 years married, hetero guy.
Peter D. May 15, 2013 at 05:33 PM
Why would anyone want Rybak to officiate at his/his her/her wedding?
Watts May 15, 2013 at 05:58 PM
Rybak can only be at one place at a time, so if you want your marriage to be performed by somebody else, I am sure that there will be plenty of options.
Nancy E Gertner June 27, 2013 at 07:40 PM
Finally, the Constitution that provides equal protection under the law is interpreted to apply to marriage also, and some people think that's a sham. Maybe they need a new country with a different constitution or form of government. Or a home with no government.

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