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Continued: Washington state's gay marriage journey offers lessons for Minnesota

  • Article by: BAIRD HELGESON , Star Tribune
  • Last update: July 13, 2013 - 10:11 PM

Biesman grew up in Colorado and had a difficult time accepting he was gay, not telling his parents until he was 30. As his values evolved over the years, the word “marriage” grew more important.

“For gay people, you grow up being different, and maybe for many of us, being bullied or teased,” said Biesman, 44, a business developer. “Then to grow up and not be able to be normalized like everybody else and have what everybody else has is rough. It reminds you how different you are.”

Biesman took a long sip of coffee. He looked around the coffee shop, filled with couples — gay and straight.

“There’s just something really great when you can say, ‘I am married,’ ” he said.


Baird Helgeson • 651-925-5044


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