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August 01, 2013 06:02 PM

First Gay Weddings in MN History Books

Minneapolis, MN

By the end of Thursday morning, Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak was hoarse from officiating 42 same-sex weddings, for nearly seven straight hours. Hennepin County Judges married an additional 21 couples in City Council Chambers.

Guests were greeted with music, before Governor Mark Dayton gave some opening remarks. Rybak began the first ceremony, which ended at 12:01 a.m., when gay marriage became legal in the state. 

Minneapolis residents Margaret Miles and Cathy ten Broeke were the first couple to be wed inside of Minneapolis City Hall. The couple of 12 years stood on the steps of the Rotunda, with their five-year-old son, Louie.

"I, Margaret, take you, Cathy, to be be my lawfully wedded wife," Miles said, placing a strong emphasis on "lawfully".

About 1,000 filled City Hall, just to watch a single moment happen again and again.

"I do hereby declare that Margaret and Cathy are legally married. You may now kiss the bride," Rybak said.

Susan ten Broeke, Cathy's mother, said she finally got to see her daughter's wedding.

"You never put that on the front burner because you never know if it's going to happen. They're definitely a match," Susan said.

Al Giraud and Jeff Isaacson, the first couple in Hennepin County to file for a marriage license, became the second pair to say, "I do".  

"Al with this ring, I wed you, and pledge to you my unconditional love, now and forever," Isaacson said.

Giraud and Isaacson met at a Tampa Bay Bucaneers football game 11 years ago, and have been together ever since. Even so, the moments after their wedding, felt brand new.

"This is my husband, Jeff," Giraud said, with a tone of disbelief in his voice.

"It's going to take a while to get used to saying that. After years of conditioning to say partner. Husband's going to be hard," Isaacson said.

According to Minneapolis City officials, and several spectators, protest groups did not demonstrate outside of or anywhere near the event. Thursday morning's ceremonies may be in the Minnesota history books, but gay rights supporters hope this moment happens again and again, in Minnesota, and beyond.

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