Mayor Rybak plans to officiate 40 same-sex weddings Aug. 1


Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak on Thursday announced that he would officiate 40 same-sex wedding ceremonies at City Hall beginning just after midnight Aug. 1, the Star Tribune reports. At a news conference, he introduced the first two couples that he will wed: Margaret Miles and Cathy ten Broeke; and Al Giraud and Jeff Isaacson.

MinnPost notes Rybak cried, as did the brides and grooms gathered with him, as well as several City Council members, security guards and a few members of the media.

A tweet from Rybak:

The Minnesota Legislature this year legalized gay marriage in the state, effective Aug. 1. And the state is now preparing for gay wedding tourism.

The mayor's announcement fell one day after two landmark Supreme Court decisions handed significant victories to advocates of gay marriage. Minnesota cheered and celebrated while critics said they would continue their battle. The Star Tribune also reported that some of Minnesota's congressional lawmakers had praise for the ruling, and others declined comment.

After the rulings, some Minnesota politicians said they were eager to move on to work other issues, MPR reported.

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