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.
While Thursday marked a day of celebration for many same-sex couples, the journey toward legal marriage equality in Minnesota hasn’t been an easy one. For many, it’s been a lifetime struggle.
Same-sex marriages began in Rhode Island on Thursday, as local officials for the first time issued marriage licenses to gay couples who wish to wed in the state. Gay marriage became legal in Rhode Island and Minnesota at 12:01 a.m.
Pope Francis said today, he won’t judge clergy for their sexual orientation, and that he will not judge anyone gay who is searching for the Lord. The Pope also said he believes women should play a greater role in the church.
Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak plans to marry same-sex couples at City Hall the minute it becomes legal this summer, he said Thursday. Rybak said he will begin officiating weddings just after midnight on Aug. 1, and plans to marry 40 couples throughout the early morning.
Many are probably going to be very tired on Thursday after staying up late to celebrate the Supreme Court’s historic rulings on same-sex marriage. The high court declared the Defense of Marriage Act’s definition of marriage is unconstitutional.
Caterpillar Inc. says it will no longer give money to the Boy Scouts of America because the organization doesn’t allow homosexuals to serve as adult leaders. Spokeswoman Rachel Potts says that the Caterpillar Foundation made the decision while reviewing the groups it supports.
City officials in Minnesota are making plans for a rush of marriages on Aug. 1, when the new state law legalizing same-sex unions takes effect. St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman is promoting the city’s wedding venues, including Como Park Zoo and Conservatory.
With gay marriage soon to be the law of Minnesota, the political group that led the push to pass it will live on as a political action committee to help legislators who voted for it. Minnesotans United announced its next step Wednesday.
The Minnesota Senate voted Monday to make gay marriage legal, the last legislative step before Gov. Mark Dayton’s promised signature will make the state the 12th in the U.S. to do so.
A Republican legislator who was weighing his vote on a gay marriage bill says he will oppose it during Thursday’s Minnesota House vote.
The chief political group opposed to legal gay marriage in Minnesota is taking its case on the road with a series of greater Minnesota rallies.
A year before a vote on a proposed ban against gay marriage, both sides are gearing up for what’s already becoming a heated debate.