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City Hall to open at midnight, Rybak to officiate weddings first night gay marriage is legal

Fittingly, Minneapolis City Hall will be among the first places in the state to host gay marriages.
Fittingly, Minneapolis City Hall will be among the first places in the state to host gay marriages.

Wanna be one of the first gay couples to tie the knot and have your wedding officiated by none other than a smiling Mayor R.T. Rybak to boot? That can be arranged. Just be at Minneapolis City Hall at midnight on August 1 (or whatever night ends up being the first when gay weddings can occur -- the specific date remains in question, but it'll be sometime in early August).

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City Hall will be opening as soon as possible the day gay marriages become legal in Minnesota, and according to a city release, there's no better place for a wedding.

From the city:

Start planning now! At 12:01 a.m. on the first day that all Minnesotans are able to get married, historic Minneapolis City Hall will be open and available for couples wishing to tie the knot. Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak will be on hand and happy to officiate weddings that night.

What better place to celebrate an historic occasion than at one of Minnesota's historic crown jewels. Minneapolis City Hall is a striking example of Romanesque architecture, with a 345 foot clock tower and a dramatic six-story Rotunda adorned with 37 stained glass windows, a skylight and Italian marble.

For more information on holding your wedding ceremony at Minneapolis City Hall contact the Municipal Building Commission at 612-596-9518 or e-mail tracey.mclaughlin@co.hennepin.mn.us. More information is also available here.

Sure beats heading to that part of downtown to contest a parking ticket or get your driver's license renewed, doesn't it?

-- Follow Aaron Rupar on Twitter at @atrupar. Got a tip? Drop him a line at arupar@citypages.com.


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