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Cathy Ten Broeke, left, and her partner Margaret Miles hug each other after Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak introduced them along with Jeff Isaacson and Al Giraud as the first two same-sex couples that will be married in city hall Thursday June 27, 2013 in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/The Star Tribune, Jerry Holt) MANDATORY CREDIT; ST. PAUL PIONEER PRESS OUT; MAGS OUT; TWIN CITIES TV OUT

Mpls. mayor sets city's 1st same-sex weddings

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MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The mayor of Minneapolis has announced plans to officiate at the city's first same-sex weddings as soon as gay marriage is legal in Minnesota.

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Mayor R.T. Rybak said Thursday he will begin officiating at same-sex weddings in the Rotunda of Minneapolis City Hall just after midnight on Aug. 1.

Rybak introduced the first two same-sex Minneapolis couples he will marry — Margaret Miles and Cathy ten Broeke (brook), and Al Giraud (jih-ROH') and Jeff Isaacson.

After the first two couples are wed, the mayor will marry another 38 couples until 6 a.m. on Aug.1. Those couples already are signed up.

The celebration will be very Minnesotan. Betty Crocker of Minneapolis-based General Mills is donating cakes, and Minneapolis musician Jeremy Messersmith will perform.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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