For the past eight hours, as of 12:01 a.m., gay marriage has been legal here in Minnesota. Over those hours, dozens of couples have already been married -- at the Minneapolis City Hall, at St. Paul's Como Conservatory, even at the wedding chapel at the Mall of America. Celebrations went well into the early morning and are probably still going on.
I of course slept through most of that, but I celebrate the day anyway and offer congratulations to all the new brides and grooms. I'm at the moment enjoying the photos on the StarTribune website and I see faces of people I know. There's the senior pastor of my church. He and Minneapolis Mayor Rybak officiated the first ceremony. Then I see another man that I know well, marrying his partner of some 40 years, and looking overjoyed.
My concern is that, in the upcoming months, a lot of couples will tie the knot without from a legal standpoint thinking it all through, maybe to give the Michele Bachmanns of the world a poke in the eye or maybe just because "it's MY turn to have a party!" (which, let's face it, these days is why a lot of hetero couples get married). They won't be able to file their tax returns the same anymore (which may be good or bad), and, if things don't work out, they don't just move out, they need to get a divorce.
For better or worse, for richer, for poorer, equality and liberty and life are what it's all about and for that this is good for all Minnesotans. Some of them just don't realize that yet.