State Prepares for Same-Sex Marriages

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May 15, 2013 at 4:01 pm

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - City officials in Minnesota are making plans for a rush of marriages on Aug. 1, when the new state law legalizing same-sex unions takes effect.

St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman is promoting the city's wedding venues, including Como Park Zoo and Conservatory. Como Park has three wedding venues and plans to rent brief blocks of time to interested couples on Aug. 1.

Coleman has dubbed this week "Freedom to Marry" week. The Visit St. Paul Foundation contributed $1,700 to decorate the Wabasha Street bridge with rainbow-colored gay-pride flags.

Reservations for the St. Paul venues will be made on a first-come, first-served basis starting at 8:30 am. Thursday.

On Tuesday, Minnesota became the 12th state in the nation to legalize same-gender marriage.

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