MINNEAPOLIS - Minnesota will become the 13th state in the nation to allow same-sex marriage just after midnight Wednesday night. The preparations were underway long before the strike of midnight. Forty two couples will be married between midnight and 6 a.m.
By mid-afternoon, the Minneapolis City Hall Rotunda was decorated with elegant white flowers. A band set up behind the Father of Waters statue, and couples were busy suiting up in their best attire.
Mayor R.T. Rybak will marry Margaret Miles and Cathy ten Broeke first at midnight, and Al Giraud and Jeff Isaacson at 12:30am. Joe Huppert and Heath Bryant of Minneapolis will be getting married at 4am in city hall. They've been engaged three years and say they are looking forward to being a part of history.
"We were writing our vows, we became....giddy and happy. I think it's going to be really exciting when we start coming down the stairs at city hall and see each other face to face in front of Mayor Rybak," the couple said as they picked up their boutonnières from Roger Beck Florist just near downtown.
Roger Beck says Mayor Rybak asked him to decorate the rotunda, which he considers an honor. He chose a traditional white floral theme to embrace the historic nature of the rotunda, and the day.
"It's a privilege to be a part of history," said Beck. "It's a once in a lifetime event."
The Angel Food bakery in downtown Minneapolis was busy making rainbow cupcakes and cakes in preparation for many weddings in the next few days, including a wedding hosted at Hell's Kitchen restaurant, which is part of the same company.
"It's really nice to be a part of this historic time and nice to know as a business we were supporters before the amendment came around," said Angel Food bakery co-owner Katy Gerdes. "It's nice to be a part of change."
Dozens of vendors donated their services to the city hall weddings.
Members of the public who RSVP'd for tickets can enter city hall at 10:30pm. They can expect live music and speeches by Governor Dayton and Mayor Rybak. Newly-married couples and their guests are invited to the Hotel Minneapolis (215 S. 4th St., one block from City Hall) for a complimentary reception from 1am to 6am.
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