Skip to main content

Same-sex marriage leader ties the knot

  • Author:
  • Updated:
    Original:

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 TheKnot.com, 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.

Next Up

MissingMankatoWomanSideBySide

Body of missing Mankato woman believed to have been found

A canoer found the body in a swamp near Eagle Lake Friday.

kim crockett facebook sos

MN GOP endorses attorney general, secretary of state candidates

Kim Crockett was endorsed as the party's candidate for secretary of state, while Jim Schultz won the endorsement for attorney general.

FSmb9kkWAB0UBqk

Volunteer firefighter identified as man killed during Thursday storms

The Kandiyohi County Sheriff's Office confirmed that 63-year-old Ryan Erickson died when a grain bin fell on him.

Juan Ramos, standing outside of his Taco Chon Mexican Grill, in St. Cloud, Minnesota.

Firm takes on case defending Taco Chon against Taco John's lawsuit

The local Mexican restaurant is fighting a case presented by Taco John's over naming rights, among other things.

Screen Shot 2022-05-14 at 7.32.27 AM

Worker killed in skid loader accident was 23-year-old apprentice lineman

Minnesota Valley Electric Cooperative called the incident "the unthinkable."

Cascade River 1

Raging North Shore rivers overtake bridges, snap trees in half

Pedestrian bridges near the Lutsen Resort have been damaged by the vast river flow.

u.s. attorney's office

St. Paul man sentenced for 2021 robbery spree

Warren Dean, 27, admitted to robbing seven St. Paul businesses in a span of three days.

FSmfYf0WABgrNhI

Stevens County may have been hit the hardest by Thursday storms

The entire county was without power after the storms blew through Thursday evening.

State Patrol

3 killed, 1 critical after trio of crashes in Minnesota Thursday

One person also faces life-threatening injuries in a crash that happened in Olmsted County.

Screen Shot 2022-05-13 at 1.25.08 PM

Mora woman saves pelican caught in fishing line for days

A birthday fishing trip shapes into a heroic tale.

Related