‘Big Gay Wedding Reception’

ROCHESTER, MN — Celebrations are still taking place in our area because of the new law in Minnesota.

The night began with a wedding.

“Joseph and I had our first date on April 7, 1993, 20 years ago and it has been our goal to get married,” said Robert Werner, who just married Joe Nix.

150 plus people showed up to support the couple about to take their vows.

“We have a lot of friends in the community, we both work very hard on the efforts to win the freedom to marry. It’s great to have so much support from our families, our friends, our neighbors, our co-workers,” Werner said.

The reception was for more than just these two. It was celebrating a new step for the state.

“I stuck out a note on my Facebook and said, we should have a big party after this, and it just sort of exploded from that,” said Lead Event Organizer, Gale Julius.

They called it the “Big Gay Wedding Reception.” People were asked to wear their favorite color of the rainbow while they enjoyed live music, drinks a photo booth and more.

People could also choose to support the event with a donation.

“It was just an overwhelming response and we were just so grateful and happy about how many people and how many businesses wanted to get behind it. It was just really a great from them, couldn’t be happier,” Julius said.

Once the celebrations are over, this crowd knows there is more work to be done.

“Don’t mistake us for a group that doesn’t know when to get back on and start working again and we know there’s lots more to do. We know that we have to start working on safe schools,” Julius said.

This could be a busy season for weddings. Gale said she still has a half a dozen to attend in the coming months, which she says she is very excited about.

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