Minnesota Gay Marriage Law Reaches Anniversary

Updated: 08/01/2014 6:47 PM
Created: 08/01/2014 7:10 AM
By: Meghan Reistad

(ABC 6 News) -- Today marks the one year anniversary of same-sex marriage in Minnesota. Minnesota became the 12th state to allow same-sex marriage after Governor Dayton signed the bill into law last May. 

For one local couple, today is life as usual. However, one year ago was a different story. 

"It was surreal, 'I said was this really true?'" said Ruth Larson. "I have a vivid picture of him in my mind sitting at that desk signing that bill. It's just imprinted there. It was a big deal."

For this couple, marriage goes back more than a year, to when they were married in Iowa.

"August 20th of 2010, and then we had our ceremony on November 6th, 2010 in our church," said Rae Dunn.

But one year ago, their marriage was recognized in their home state of Minnesota, and life became a little less complicated.

"When we tithe to the church we can actually tithe together, instead of writing two different checks," said Dunn.

"I don't feel like I have to be apologetic anymore because it's legal," said Larson.

After years of waiting, marriage is now a reality.

"We pay taxes and have children. We mow our yard… just live life like everybody else. I never thought it would ever be legal in my lifetime," said Larson.

Over the past year, 122 same-sex couples have been married in Olmsted, Freeborn, Fillmore and Dodge Counties. Mower County was not able to release the number of married couples over the past year. 

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