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Plaque honoring state’s first same-sex marriages to be unveiled at Minneapolis City Hall

Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges will unveil the plaque in a ceremony tonight at City Hall. 

A plaque will be unveiled tonight memorializing the first same-sex marriages performed Aug. 1, 2013, at Minneapolis City Hall.

Mayor Betsy Hodges will unveil the plaque during a 5:30 p.m. ceremony in the City Hall rotunda, where 67 couples were married the night same-sex marriage became legal.

The plaque was suggested by members of Project 515, a group that disbanded after working to get the law changed.

Also scheduled to appear for the event are:

  • Lt. Governor Tina Smith
  • State Senator Scott Dibble
  • Representative Karen Clark
  • Secretary of State Steve Simon
  • R.T. Rybak, former Mayor of Minneapolis
  • Ann Kaner-Roth, former Executive Director of Project 515
  • Cathy ten Broeke and Margaret Miles; Al Giraud and Jeff Isaacson, the first two couples married
  • Twin Cities Gay Men’s Chorus

Cupcakes will be provided by Betty Crocker and Betty’s Family (both networks of General Mills), which donated the wedding cake for the August 1, 2013, ceremonies.

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Hodges said in a statement about those first legal same-sex weddings, and the significance of plaque:

“I am still moved when I stand in the Rotunda and reflect on the historic weddings that took place in Minneapolis City Hall on the night of August 1, 2013. I was proud that this beautiful space served as the wedding site for so many couples who had waited years, even decades, for legal recognition. This plaque will serve forever as a reminder not only of that night, but of the victories in 2012 and 2013 that won the freedom to marry for all Minnesotans, and of the hard work and sacrifices of countless people over many years that made those victories possible.”