Duluth Same-Sex Couples Celebrate Legalized Marriages

By KBJR News 1

August 1, 2013 Updated Aug 1, 2013 at 4:55 PM CDT

Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) - On Thursday, Minnesota became the 13th state in the country to legalize same-sex marriages, but the celebrations began hours before the law went into effect.

Considered one of the biggest milestones in Minnesota history, couples put the finishing touches on a day some thought would never come.

Same-sex couples began celebrating the minute Minnesota lawmakers passed legislation allowing same-sex marriage back in May, many of the preparations for Thursday's ceremonies have been weeks in the works.

On Thursday, couples were able to get married in Minnesota beginning at 12:01 a.m., as long as they had a marriage license in hand.

Tycoons was one of many venues across the state that began marrying same-sex couples at the strike of midnight.

Duluth businessman John Goldfine officiated the ceremony at Thursday mornings event where five couples tied-the-knot.

Keith Haugen and Mike Goerdt, who have been together for 27 years were one of the five couples in Duluth to exchange vows at Tycoon's midnight ceremony.

Governor Mark Dayton proclaimed Thursday as "Freedom to Marry Day" across the state of Minnesota.

Jeremy Brickley