A week out and same-sex marriage preparations are in full swing

7:00 AM, Jul 26, 2013   |    comments
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MINNEAPOLIS - Plenty of people have August 1st, 2013 circled on their calendars in Minnesota, the first day same-sex couples can legally marry in the state.

At Como Zoo and Conservatory, the day will mean ceremonies around the clock.

The first couple set to be married will happen at the stroke of midnight and will not stop until 11:30pm that night.

It's a monumental day in the state's history and helping the cause at Como is the cost.

"We are offering free permits for that day," explained Matt Reinartz. "Normally priced up to $600 to $700, we're offering free permits for anybody that wants to get married."

That's right free and to absolutely any couple who wants to get married that day.

The thing is, while Como has plenty of locations for ceremonies, it's mostly booked.
However, there are a few openings for marriages in the middle of the night.

In Minneapolis marriages will be overflowing here as well.
As many as 40 couples are set to get married at Loring Park August 1st.
A spokesperson for the parks says since the legislation passed, they've seen a spike in interest for outdoor ceremonies, not only for this year, but already into 2014.

Churches will also have their own share of ceremonies.
The First Universalist Church in South Minneapolis will have a big event August 11th.
Private marriages will be available to GLBT couples throughout the day at a number of indoor and outdoor sites with plenty of ministers on hand to officiate.


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