Reid Bordson and Paul Nolle were married at Como Park and Conservatory's Sunken Garden in Saint Paul, Minnesota early this morning. In fact, they were pronounced "legally married" at 12:15 am! Same sex couples all over Minnesota starting exchanging vows right after midnight on this first day it was legal in that state. Gov. Mark Dayton has proclaimed today "Freedom to Marry Day" in Minnesota.
Back in 1970 when Sonny Curtis sang Love is all around, no need to waste it at the start of the Mary Tyler Moore Show, set at a fictional Minneapolis tv station, same sex couples could not get married anywhere in the world. In fact, when I began writing this blog just a few years ago, gay couples could only marry in five countries and one US state. Now, love is truly all around!
No, we should not sit back and celebrate for long, because marriage equality is not everywhere, but progress is indeed being made. Today Minnesota and Rhode Island were added to the list of places you can marry in this country. As of today, thirteen countries (Argentina, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Denmark, France, Iceland, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Spain, South Africa, Sweden), and parts of Mexico and the United States, allow same-sex couples to marry. How about the rest of the world though?
Marriage is about love. That is the important ingredient. Love is indeed all around. I am confidant that someday all world will be equal - at least I will keep working for that.