Love in the Gopher State

Here’s a list of things I already liked about the American state of Minnesota-

It’s the home state of 80s pop elf Prince.

It’s American football team are called the Vikings, and have a cool logo. And play in purple, which I think Prince would like.

On the television show How I Met Your Mother it is the home of my favourite character, Marshall (played by Jason Segel)

Marshall in Vikings purple.

Marshall in Vikings purple.

Anyway, the reason I’m currently extremely positive about the 12th biggest state in the Union is that they’ve recently allowed marriage equality in the state, which is something I’m a supporter of.

The first of August was the first day when same sex couples could marry, and at Minneapolis city hall, they hosted the first same sex weddings in the state. Kicking off as soon as it became legit at midnight, several couples said I do, watched by a supportive crowd.

The website Buzzfeed posted a series of pictures taken from city hall that day, and they are just lovely and inspiring, here are a few of my favourites:

The crowd gathered to see history made and a massive step forward for equality

The crowd gathered to see history made and a massive step forward for equality

The first couple to be wed, Margaret and Cathy, embracing with their son Louie

The first couple to be wed, Margaret and Cathy, embracing with their son Louie

Margaret and Cathy celebrating with the couple who'd go second, Al and Jeff

Margaret and Cathy celebrating with the couple who’d go second, Al and Jeff

There seems to have been a really happy, party atmosphere on the night.

There seems to have been a really happy, party atmosphere on the night.

A Jewish couple get married under the traditional Chuppah.

A Jewish couple get married under the traditional Chuppah.

The last couple of the night's marathon wedding session, Dorothy and Jackie, who had been together 33 years.

The last couple of the night’s marathon wedding session, Dorothy and Jackie, who had been together 33 years.

Just lovely. What I like about these pictures, and what had me choking up the other day when I first went through the gallery, is the sheer joy and relief from the couples and their family, and the support of the crowd and Minneapolis mayor, R.T. Rybak who seemed to become quite emotional during proceedings.

After years of campaigning these couples were finally allowed to do what every heterosexual couple have taken for granted, make a public commitment to each other and live as a married couple. The final couple during the session, Dorothy and Jackie, shown in the last picture have apparently been together 33 years.

33 years- that’s longer than a lot of marriages last, I fail to see how anybody can say they don’t deserve to have the right to get married.

The other thing about these pictures is that it highlights the idiocy of those who argue that homosexual marriages will destroy the institution of marriage. Look at those pictures, the joy and love on display. These people are marrying for the right reasons- love, respect and commitment. How can that destroy marriage?

How can anyone object to something that stems from love for each other and makes people so happy?

You can see all the pictures Buzzfeed staff member Matt Stopera took on the historic day here. So congratulations to all the happy couples, and a big well done to Minnesota, you rock. 30% of the US population live in the 13 states that allow same sex marriages (along with the District of Columbia) so here’s hoping that the other 37 aren’t too far behind in helping create equality.

Any thoughts? You know what to do. BETEO.

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