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Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak takes a moment to himself Wednesday in the Minneapolis City Hall as he prepares for the evening’s weddings. Dozens of Minnesota gay couples made last-minute preparations Wednesday for midnight marriages, determined to exchange vows at the earliest possible moment under a new state law legalizing same-sex marriage. (Jim Gehrz/The Star Tribune/Associated Press

At midnight, gay marriage

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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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