Minn., RI Ring in Gay Marriage
Dozens tie the knot just after midnight
By Rob Quinn, Newser Staff
Posted Aug 1, 2013 2:41 AM CDT
Updated Aug 1, 2013 7:45 AM CDT
Margaret Miles and Cathy ten Broeke were married just after midnight on the steps of the Rotunda at Minneapolis City Hall by Mayor RT Rybak.    (AP Photo/Star Tribune, Brian Peterson)

(Newser) – At midnight, Minnesota and Rhode Island became the 12th and 13th states to legalize gay marriage and there were dozens of couples waiting at Minneapolis City Hall and courthouses across the state, the AP reports. Minneapolis Mayor RT Rybak pronounced the first couple married before a cheering crowd of nearly 1,000, reports Reuters. "By the power now finally invested in me," he said as the couple's 5-year-old son looked on, "I hereby declare Margaret and Cathy legally married."

Officials in Minnesota estimate 5,000 gay couples will marry in the state this year. The first same-sex weddings in Rhode Island will happen this morning but the state isn't expecting a rush: It's the last New England state to legalize gay marriage and many couples have already gotten married in neighboring states. One of those who is getting married today is Democratic state Rep. Frank Ferri, who helped lead the push for legalization, the Providence Journal reports. Ferri married his partner in Canada in 2006 but he says a ceremony in his home state will be more meaningful.

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Aug 1, 2013 2:02 PM CDT
Yes, America is a secular country where we still hold the Jim Crow philosophy of separate yet equal, so we should totally maintain traditional, christian values for all US Citizens and make marriage, which is a legal, government contract, only available to heterosexual couples, and not all couples of legal age and sound mind, and maybe throw homosexual couples a bone with a civil union, which varies from state to state and has more holes than the average 3 generation, incest babies brain (because you can marry your first cousin in 20 some odd states as long as they are of the opposite sex and you can reproduce with them) and pretend that's really equal. Newsflash morons: If you want to live in a country that bases it laws on religion, move to Afghanistan. Also, if you are going to follow the bible, go stone to death every woman you know who wasn't a virgin when she was married and set your multi-fibrous clothes on fire. Stop picking and choosing which parts of the bible you feel like following. No one is forcing you to accept gay marriage in your church. No one is forcing you to believe in it, but that doesn't mean that American Citizens do not deserve the same rights, by the same name, because they do not hold to your belief system. It is your right to practice your beliefs in your home and place of worship. It is not okay for you to impose your secular beliefs on society as a whole. Since the only argument against gay marriage is religious and though many of you will claim otherwise, hate and fear based, it is UN-AMERICAN. If you love this country so much, please bother to learn the values on which it was formed.
Aug 1, 2013 11:44 AM CDT
Two more states where those who officiate over civil marriages will begin to wear red rubber noses and ginormous shoes! Modern marriage is a joke. Those who fought so hard for same sex marriage for about the last five years, weren't fighting for equal rights. They were (and are) fighting for a word. A single, eight letter word. Good job people! What a way to waste effort, time and resources. At least you kept your fluff news in the headlines, I guess that's an accomplishment. Before some idiot opens their muzzle to bleet on what a horrible person I am. I do support same sex UNIONS, financial and property rights, the right for them to adopt and form families and to have a voice in the political process. But, more important to me is traditional marriage, family and American values for completely secular reasons.
Aug 1, 2013 10:48 AM CDT
To NewYawkahBroad and anyone else with purely religious objections: These state gay-marriage laws do not affect any religion's ecclesiastical laws, so no church is obliged to recognize such marriages. The state does not presume to intrude in such religious doctrine, and so religious people should not presume to push their purely religious doctrines into the civil law. If your only basis for opposing gay marriage is religious, keep it in church where it belongs, and let the rest of the world go about its business. Furhter, those religions that disapprove of homosexuality thereby give us a darned good reason to doubt that they are informed by divine wisdom, or otherwise driven by benevolence or charity toward humankind.