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Monday, August 5, 2013

City of Saint Paul celebrates first same-sex wedding at Como Zoo and Conservatory


The City of Saint Paul will remember August 1, 2013 for two reasons.  One that it was an ideal Minnesota summer day and secondly, and more importantly, it was the first day same-sex couples could legally marry in the State of Minnesota. To help celebrate this historic event, the City of Saint Paul waived rental fees for anyone wishing to get married and offered expanded hours at its most popular wedding facilities.


The first same-sex marriage performed in Saint Paul took place at midnight at Como Park Zoo and Conservatory and was between Paul Nolle and Reid Bordson.  The couple, who met 13 years ago, knew they wanted to be one of first Minnesotan couples to legalize their marriage and chose to have the event at Como Park Zoo and Conservatory in Saint Paul.

 “This is the most beautiful place for a wedding we have ever seen. It is also thrilling to have been married in the very city, the capital, where all the political action occurred just a few months ago.” said Bordson.

In addition to Paul and Reid’s midnight wedding, 10 other couples were married at Como Park Zoo and Conservatory on August 1, 2013, breaking all previous records for the number of people married during one day at this popular wedding location.

The City of Saint Paul and Como Park Zoo and Conservatory where honored to take part in the historic events that took place on August 1 and look forward to hosting many more joyous wedding celebrations.

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