Emily Powers, left, and Emily Papke-Larson, have been together for five years. They have no immediate plans to get married after Gov. Mark Dayton signs a bill allowing gay and lesbian couples to do so, but they are happy to see it happen. — Monte Draper | Bemidji Pioneer

‘I couldn’t be happier’: Local gay community excited for bill’s passage


BEMIDJI — The state Senate’s passage of the gay marriage bill Monday didn’t make marriage any less of a personal decision for Emily Papke-Larson and her partner Emily Powers.

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