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John Goldfine and the Rev. Jill Bianchet, both of Duluth, Minn., lead a ceremony for five couples who were married in an upstairs hall at Tycoons Alehouse & Eatery early Thursday morning, Aug. 1, 2013, as Minnesota's same-sex marriage law went into effect at 12:01 a.m. (Clint Austin/Duluth News Tribune)

Big, small gatherings usher in gay marriage in Minnesota

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ST. PAUL -- Minnesota same-sex couples wed both in large groups and intimate settings early today as state law specifically allows gay marriages for the first time.

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“I am proud that Minnesota ... is in the forefront,” Gov. Mark Dayton said before Minnesota joined Rhode Island today in becoming the 12th and 13th states where gays can legally wed.

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Don Davis
Don Davis has been the Forum Communications Minnesota Capitol Bureau chief since 2001, covering state government and politics for two dozen newspapers in the state. Don also blogs at Capital Chatter on Areavoices.
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