Outside the state Capitol, where the state Senate is expected to vote to legalize gay marriage Monday afternoon, Don Lee had set up a gravestone reading "RIP Marriage 2013."
"It is the end of marriage as we know it," said Lee, of Eagan. "You still have the word but you don't have the meaning."
Don Lee set up a gravestone in front of the Capitol to greet the expected approval of same-sex marriage
He said while a ban on same-sex marriage did not belong in the constitution, he mourned the ending of the connection between solemn marriage vows and procreation.
Hearts were pasted on the Capitol's stone steps to greet Senators voting "Yes" Monday
Lee was far outnumbered in his solo protest by supporters of legalization, who crowded the Capitol's august steps to greet incoming Senators with songs and cheers.
Lisa Vecoli, of Minneapolis, was among the greeters.
"I didn't expect it to come for a long time," Vecoli said of the expected legalization.
She said she sobbed with joy in her office on Thursday when she and her partner watched the Minnesota House approve the marriage bill on a 75-59 vote. She was prepared for the emotion to flow on Monday.
"I will not even try to hold back the tears," Vecoli said, patting her pack, which had tissues at the ready.
A Duluth native who just barely lost Virginia's GOP gubernatorial primary said that politicians have not gone far enough in condemning the left for violence during a rally of white nationalists in Charlottesville. "I think that the left is going to try to use this as an excuse to crack down on conservative free speech," said Corey Stewart. "I think they're going to try to use this as an excuse to remove more historical monuments."