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Same-sex marriage leader ties the knot


The man who led the fight to legalize same-sex marriage in Minnesota got married Friday to his longtime boyfriend.

Richard Carlbom and Justin Schramm, a St. Paul teacher, tied the knot at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church in St. Paul, according to the Star Tribune.

The Rev. Grant Stevensen, who served as faith director for Minnesotans United for All Families, presided.

Among more than 200 guests were Gov. Mark Dayton, Mayor Chris Coleman and U.S. Rep. Tim Walz.

A'BULAE in Lowertown hosted the reception, which featured a "mashtini bar." Guests chose types of mashed potatoes and toppings to fill a martini glass.

According to their website on, Schramm and Carlbom met playing trivia at a bar in St. Peter more than six years ago.

In a recent interview with MPR News, Carlbom said he had trouble limiting the guest list.

"If we included everybody who made a difference [in the same-sex marriage campaign], it would be 1.5 million Minnesotans," he said.

Carlbom is now the director of state campaigns for Freedom to Marry, a national organization advocating for the rights of same-sex couples.

He told the Star Tribune he felt like New Mexico gave the couple a wedding gift Thursday when it became the 17th state to legalize gay marriage. According to Reuters, the New Mexico Supreme Court voted unanimously to allow same-sex marriage statewide.

The Salt Lake Tribune reports a federal judge struck down a gay marriage ban Friday. Hundreds of couples applied for marriage licenses, while the state said it would appeal.

NBC News called this "the year of gay marriage," because Minnesota and six other states legalized it in 2013.

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