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Democrats were in the driver’s seat of Minnesota politics in 2013, a year that saw stark shifts in social and fiscal policy.
Hundreds of gay and lesbian couples married in Minnesota, beginning at the stroke of midnight on Aug. 1. A cultural shift culminated when Cathy ten Broeke and Margaret Miles became the first of 67 couples to marry at Minneapolis City Hall with Mayor R.T. Rybak presiding.
A Republican state representative who broke with most in her party to support legalizing gay marriage says she won’t run for re-election next year. Rep. Andrea Kieffer of Woodbury said in a prepared statement that she was honored to serve but that she never intended the Legislature to be her career.
Three same-sex couples in state custody as sex offenders are seeking marriage licenses under Minnesota’s gay marriage law. The new law is causing thorny questions for state officials who supervise incarcerated people.
Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak wants same-sex couples in Wisconsin to get married in Minnesota.
St. Louis County saw the fourth-highest demand for marriage licenses by gay couples in the first month they were allowed to wed in Minnesota. The county had 69 same-sex couples apply for licenses in August.
Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak says he hopes Illinois lawmakers legalize same-sex marriage but in the meantime he wants gay and lesbian couples to get married in his city — and spend lots of money on their weddings.
With all of Illinois’ financial woes, residents have grown accustomed to politicians from other states trying to raid its companies, jobs and best workers. Now one of them is making a similar pitch to the state’s gay couples: Come north to get married, and spend lots of money.
Same-sex couples have obtained nearly 1 of every 3 marriage licenses issued in Minnesota since they got the legal right to wed. That’s the finding of a statewide survey by The Associated Press of the earliest impact of the new gay marriage law. It shows that at least 1,640 gay couples plan to get married.
It wasn’t just same-sex marriage that became legal last week, so did same-sex divorce. “To me, it was like going to Vegas — you go in, you get your piece of paper,” Dawn Tuckner said. “You come home, you have no rights.”
A 45-year-old Maple Grove man has been charged with vandalizing a Maple Grove church, writing anti-gay marriage slogans and bible verses on the building. Lonny Lloyd Roseland, who’s wheelchair-bound, was charged with third-degree damage to property and disorderly conduct, both misdemeanor offenses.
What a difference a year makes. Last fall, we were talking about an amendment to ban same-sex marriages. Now, they’re official. Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak married a total of 46 couples overnight in a marathon session starting when the law became official at 12:01 a.m. — and ending around 6:45 a.m. Thursday morning.
Opponents of gay marriage say they are not giving up. As many same-sex couples legally tied the knot on Thursday, they announced a major initiative to oust Minnesota House members who voted for legalizing marriage equality.
Small-town Minnesota residents are getting a look at the state under its new gay marriage law as weddings break out far from the metropolitan area where support was strongest for the change.