Mayor Chris Coleman issued a proclamation on Monday proclaiming May 13 through May 17 “Freedom to Marry Week” in the City of Saint Paul. Pride flags now line the Wabasha Street Bridge, which has been temporarily named the “Freedom to Marry Bridge.”
“The State of Minnesota is about to write history,” said Saint Paul Mayor Chris Coleman. “Becoming the first Midwest state in the country to legislatively legalize the freedom to marry for all committed couples is an event worth celebrating. Today, we line the Freedom to Marry Bridge with pride flags to show the importance of this legislation to the City of Saint Paul, the families that live here, and to those who have been waiting for this day for many years. Connie and I have been married for 24 years and it is time all of our friends and neighbors have recognition for their love from the state they call home.”
The Minnesota Senate is expected to vote today to legalize the freedom to marry for all committed couples in the State of Minnesota. Governor Dayton has signaled his strong support for this legislation and is scheduled to sign the bill, if passed, at a signing ceremony on Tuesday afternoon.
A copy of the proclamation follows as well as a photo of the bridge that has been pre-sized for Facebook cover photos and a photo of Mayor Coleman and members of the Saint Paul City Council in front of the Freedom to Marry Bridge in downtown Saint Paul.