MINNEAPOLIS - On Sunday, 16 same-sex couples were married at the First Universalist Church in Minneapolis.
One of the couples was Carol Gilbert and Elizabeth Permar. The two met on a blind date in 2000 and since then haven't been able to take their eyes off each other. Nine years ago they had a unity ceremony at the church.
"After 13 years together to be able to finally say the word 'wife' I'm still getting used to that," Gilbert said.
While some churches don't agree with the legalization of gay marriage, First Universalist has been at the forefront of the battle.
"As human beings and as people of faith we believe that love is love," Rev. Justin Schroeder, who married many of the same sex couples, said.
Six couples already legally married in other states affirmed their vows to a standing ovation in a Sunday afternoon ceremony.
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