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Couples nab Minnesota gay marriage licenses

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By Patrick Condon


MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — When Harvey Zuckman and Phil Oxman first met at a Minneapolis bar in 1975, they never imagined that they would one day be among the first Minnesota gay couples to apply for a marriage license.

"We never really thought this would happen in our lifetime. We just didn't," Zuckman, a 62-year-old computer store owner, said Thursday.

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