Twin Cities Pride Festival celebrates new marriage rights


After a couple of major victories for the gay community in Minnesota and nationally over the last two months, there's certainly more reasons to party at this weekend's Twin Cities Pride Festival.

KSTP reports thousands will gather in downtown Minneapolis to celebrate same-sex marriage becoming law in the same week the U.S. Supreme Court struck down the Defense of Marriage Act, allowing legally married gay men and women to receive the same federal benefits that opposite-sex married couple collect.

Just last year, gay marriage advocates were facing a proposed constitutional amendment that would have banned gay marriage in Minnesota.

This year's pride festival will be less about advocacy and more about celebrating the newly-acquired state and federal rights, KSTP says. Booths will appear at Loring Park to educate attendees on newly-earned marriage rights along with a wedding expo for those looking to plan a ceremony.

The Pioneer Press has other festival highlights including Saturday's concert lineup.

On Sunday, gay rights supporter and former Minnesota Vikings punter Chris Kluwe is grand marshal in the parade down Hennepin Avenue.

The Uptown Pride Block Party, produced by Bryant Lake Bowl, is returning this year Friday from 6 to 10 p.m. at Lake and Bryant Ave. S., according to the Star Tribune.

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