It doesn't happen very often. Getting to participate in a slice of history. But my boys and I were given that opportunity on Wednesday, July 31st when we made our way to the downtown Minneapolis courthouse at 10:00 pm to witness the first (of 42) same-sex marriages that took place in Minnesota starting just after midnight on August first. I first met the brides, Cathy and Margaret, when they enrolled their son in my preschool three years ago. He and Julen are best buddies and my boys were not going to let the late night wedding keep them from being a part of this wonderful celebration. It was truly a night to remember...
There has been so much press surrounding the legal marriage of this beautiful family, I wouldn't even know where to begin. My mom has been saving all the newspaper articles for me...there are still more to come!
If you are interested, the actual ceremony can be seen on video here.
My boys were thrilled to meet our Mayor, R.T. Rybak, and boldly asked for handshakes, hugs and a photo for the older one. What a night for him! He continued to wed couples until 6:30 in the morning!
Reception, cake, dancing, it's hard to believe my boys stayed up until 2:30 in the morning. As we are recovering from the emotion of it all, the love felt in the city that night, the late night, we are all still smiling with joy.
Congratulations to the newlyweds and all couples in our state who choose marriage and are now lawfully able to wed.