Same-Sex Couples Tie the Knot in Duluth

By KBJR News 1

August 2, 2013 Updated Aug 2, 2013 at 6:08 AM CST

Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) --- Same sex couples across Minnesota can now tie the knot as the state joins 12 other states in legalizing gay marriage.

Couples have been planning for this day since Governor Mark Dayton signed the bill into law in May.

It was a moment that will go down in history for many couples.

Tim Robinson and Gary Lundstrom have been waiting for this day for 22 years.

"It's awesome, it's a day that we didn't think that we would see," said newlywed Gary Lundstrom.

"When the senate voted in favor of us, our world changed drastically in an instant," said his partner Tim Robinson.

And on August first - they made their love official by being the sixth same-sex couple to get married in Duluth.

"It means I get to once again in front of so many people we love and we know, I get to say I love, and people cheered!" exclaimed Robinson

Duluth Mayor Don Ness officiated at a group wedding ceremony at Leif Erickson Park, pronouncing Gary and Tim Legally married in front of dozens of their family and friends.

"We're married!" said Robinson.

For Barbie Evans and Rose Atkins, their big day means everything..

"I can't wait for our baby to be born so that he or she can be part of our family legally.," said bride-to-be, Barbie Evans.

The couple has been together for more than seven years and are excited about bringing a baby into this world as a family.

"I've always wanted kids and to bring them into a legitimate relationship- one where its recognized- makes me really happy," said Evans.

Same sex couples around the state, including five right here in Duluth, were married at the stroke of midnight.

Dozens of supporters turned out to Tycoon's to watch as some of the first couples said I do and made history.

The path to marriage equality in Minnesota has taken a turn and signals a new status that once seemed out of reach for so many.

"Today, Minnesota went over the rainbow and dreams really do come true," said Lundstrom.

Governor Dayton proclaimed Thursday "Freedom to Marry Day " in Minnesota.

Written and posted to the web by Raeanna Marnati