Withering Glance: Gay marriage, Minnesota style

  • Article by: RICK NELSON and CLAUDE PECK , Star Tribune
  • Updated: May 17, 2013 - 1:23 PM
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Amy Ruzick , right, kissed Christy Lillibridge on the Capitol steps during the signing of the same-sex marriage bill in St Paul on Tuesday.

Rick Nelson and Claude Peck dispense unasked-for advice about clothing, etiquette, culture, relationships, grooming and more.

 

CP: Gay marriage in Minnesota. Yea that, but I do worry that once my long-stymied friends go all Groomzilla, I won’t have a free weekend till sometime in 2015.

 

RN: The news to come out of the House of Cass Gilbert is, of course, elating, but now I find myself envisioning several of my control-freak gay male acquaintances going into full-on meltdown mode as they plan their nuptials. I smell a ratings-busting reality TV series coming on.

 

CP: Totally. With celebrity judges to include Tom Ford and Isaac Mizrahi. Maybe Rosie O’Donnell.

 

RN: Hosted by Mario Cantone. He was so good at playing a high-strung wedding planner on “Sex and the City.”

 

CP: No pressure or anything, but isn’t it high time for you and Robert to put a ring on it?

 

RN: He has been hinting that I take his last name. Sweet. But, no. When I asked if he’d take mine, the answer was: “Do I look like a Nelson?”

 

CP: So many questions. How do you pop the question to someone you’ve been living with for 20 years? Whose parents foot the bill for the same-gender wedding?

 

RN: I think that, regardless of their sexual orientation, when the couple is over 50, they’re on their own when it comes to the tab, and should consider themselves fortunate if their parents are still among us and can show up.

 

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