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Historic legislation hits home for local couples

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The state Legislature legalized gay marriage in Minnesota last spring, and far north of St. Paul, same-sex couples in the Pine River area are feeling the effects of the law that was enacted Aug. 1.

Only months earlier, it seemed that this moment could be decades away. But when the Nov. 6, 2012, vote on the Minnesota Marriage Amendment to ban gay marriage failed, that marked a moment of hope, and action, for those the bill would have affected most.

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