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 firstname.lastname@example.org. More information is also available here.
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