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DeGroot and Lundquist arrived just before 8 a.m. with their son, Andy Lundquist, 13, and were surprised to find no one waiting. It was pure luck, said DeGroot, who took time to reflect on an era when people were “very closeted” about their sexual orientation.

About a half-hour later, Doreen Pippenger and Dawn Metcalf, of St. Paul, together for seven years, filled out an application form. For Pippenger, that meant she was coming out to co-workers as being in a same-sex relationship, she said. Metcalf said the couple attended the St. Paul party that followed Gov. Mark Dayton’s signing of the gay marriage bill “and wanted to be a part of history being made” Thursday.

At midnight Aug. 1, Ramsey County plans to have marriage licenses available for pickup at a booth at the Como Park Conservatory, a popular wedding site about five blocks from the Falcon Heights home of DeGroot and Lundquist. They may wed Aug. 1, DeGroot said, but have to yet to finalize plans, including who will be in the ceremony.

“There’s a lot of competition for flower girl,” Lundquist said.

After the service, Lundquist will qualify for health insurance through the marriage with DeGroot, who now serves as executive director of the Minneapolis Youth Coordinating Board. The move will save Lundquist about $6,000 annually on the premiums she pays now.

“Doesn’t that seem like magic?” she said.

 

Staff writer Kevin Giles contributed to this report. raolson@startribune.com • 612-673-1747 alonetree@startribune.com • 651-925-5036

 

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