Minn. same-sex marriage law takes effect

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BLOOMINGTON, Minn. - For 13 years Reid Bordson and Paul Nolle have been together. They make it official Thursday morning by being the first same-sex couple to get married in St. Paul.

"I think we can look at it and we say it is history. But I think until it happens and it's finished, than we can say that was really historic," said Nolle.

The new marriage equality law signed by Governor Mark Dayton and passed by the Minnesota Legislature goes into effect August 1.  In Minneapolis, Mayor R.T. Rybak will officiate the wedding ceremonies for 42 couples starting at midnight at city hall.

Although he will be a part of history, he said the real participants will be the 84 men and women who will finally be able to marry just like any other couple.

Bordson and Noelle, both 34-years old, will be married at the Como Conservatory's sunken garden, shortly after midnight with many couples expected to follow them.

They've been together for 13 years, had a commitment ceremony 10 years ago this Friday, but they say this ceremony means so much to them and their almost two year old daughter, Anna.

"For her to know that we're able to be married and like other families, is a really big deal," said Bordson as his voice wavered with emotion.

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