Updated: 06/28/2013 12:17 PM KSTP.com By: Jennie Olson
Thousands of supporters of same-sex marriage will come together this weekend for the annual Twin Cities Pride Festival.
The celebration comes just two days after the US Supreme Court struck down the Defense of Marriage Act and just four weeks before same-sex couples can marry in Minnesota.
Over the last two years, gay marriage activists were staring down a possible gay marriage ban in the state constitution, and the focus of Pride Fest was defeating that amendment. Now, there’s a different tone than in years past.
This year’s Pride Fest will be less about advocacy and “get out the vote” sign-ups and more about celebrating the newly-acquired state and federal rights.
Project 515 says they will have a booth at Loring Park to thank each and every supporter in person and educate them on the newly-earned rights of gay couples who choose to marry.
There’s also a tent set up as a wedding expo for all those gay couples who need help planning a wedding. There will be plenty of vendors available for many of those Aug. 1 weddings.
The Beer Dabbler kicks off the celebrations Friday night from 5:30-9:30 p.m. Saturday is the festival, which will include fireworks, and the parade will take place Sunday.
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