Mpls. mayor sets city’s 1st same-sex weddings

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The mayor of Minneapolis has announced plans to officiate at the city’s first same-sex weddings as soon as gay marriage is legal in Minnesota.

Mayor R.T. Rybak said Thursday he will begin officiating at same-sex weddings in the Rotunda of Minneapolis City Hall just after midnight on Aug. 1.

Rybak introduced the first two same-sex Minneapolis couples he will marry — Margaret Miles and Cathy ten Broeke (brook), and Al Giraud (jih-ROH’) and Jeff Isaacson.

After the first two couples are wed, the mayor will marry another 38 couples until 6 a.m. on Aug.1. Those couples already are signed up.

The celebration will be very Minnesotan. Betty Crocker of Minneapolis-based General Mills is donating cakes, and Minneapolis musician Jeremy Messersmith will perform.

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Online: Meet Minneapolis same-sex marriage webpage: http://www.minneapolis.org/groups/weddings/same-sex-marriage

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