Our view: Communities, society win when love succeedsWith months and years of emotional arguments and bitter battles over same-sex marriage in Minnesota behind us, finally, and with relief in resolution, let the nuptials begin.
Sweltering in 90-degree heat, thousands cheered and applauded on the lawn outside the Minnesota state Capitol on May 14 while Gov. Mark Dayton coolly added his signature to an historic piece of legislation.
“Love is the law,” the governor declared as Minnesota became the 13th state to legalize same-sex marriage.
With months and years of emotional arguments and bitter battles behind us, finally, and with relief in resolution, let the nuptials begin.
The new law takes effect Thursday, which is Aug. 1, and some can hardly wait, planning to be married at 12:01 a.m. Well-known local businessman John Goldfine is hosting a wedding party at Tycoons Alehouse and Eatery in downtown Duluth to wed anyone who wants to, whether gay or straight, and whether their families and other loved ones are supportive or not.
“We’ll be your family,” Goldfine said in an interview with the News Tribune earlier this month before accepting an invitation from the Opinion page to pen the commentary published on today’s page. (Pastor Duncan Ross also was invited to write.)
Couples began applying for marriage licenses Friday, in time for vow exchanges in accordance with the state’s five-day waiting period.
Supporters and opponents of gay marriage alike can wish couples well — all couples, gay or straight. Whether accompanied by legal marriage or not, love rarely is an easy thing. Its success can be cheered, just like the thousands did after gathering outside the Capitol in May. Communities and societies benefit from the peace and stability found in true commitment.