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Historic Day in Minnesota: Gay Couples Marry at Midnight

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It was an historic morning in Minnesota at the stroke of midnight, as gay couples could legally get married.

In Clay County, eighteen couples showed up to tie the knot in front of a crowd of hundreds and a packed court room.

Supporters outside the courthouse like Dawn Aabye, were more than excited to witness their friends wedding day. "Words can't even describe it I'm just pumped I'm so excited and happy for them."

As the clock hit midnight, the eighteen couples walked in the court room, one by one holding hands.

Judge Lisa Borgen presided over the ceremony along with fellow justice Michelle Winkis Lawson, "Marriage under the law is a union of equals who mutually consent to be joined together as family, we have great respect for love, marriage and the law."

Shortly afterwards they said those famous words to all eighteen couples, "by the power vested in us by the State of Minnesota we pronounce that you are now legally married."

As history was made many never thought they'd get to experience this day, like Cindy Phillips and Jan Jorgensen who've been together for twenty two years. "Oh I'm just so excited I never thought this day would come."

Barbara and Rahe Theilbar, who've been together for ten years, were not only excited to be a part of this historic moment but hope other states like North Dakota, will follow suit. "Hopefully maybe North Dakota soon, I mean we live in North Dakota, we didn't think Minnesota would be possible so there is hope."

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