About a dozen couples gathered at Unitarian Universalist Fellowship Church in St. Cloud to celebrate their commitment to one another. The event is the second of its kind in St. Cloud and was organized by PFLAG. This quote in the St. Cloud Times sums up the event:

“Heterosexual couples celebrate their anniversaries. They have big parties and stuff, but who ever does it for the gay couples?” said Myrna Ohmann whose son has been identifying himself as gay for more than a decade. “Somebody needs to publicly stand up and say, ‘Look, this needs to be honored. This needs to be celebrated.’ So we’re hoping to do this every year.”

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Andy Birkey
Andy Birkey has written for a number of Minnesota and national publications. He founded Eleventh Avenue South which ran from 2002-2011, wrote for the Minnesota Independent from 2006-2011, the American Independent from 2010-2013. His writing has appeared in The Advocate, The Star Tribune, The Huffington Post, Salon, Cagle News Service, Twin Cities Daily Planet, TheUptake, Vita.mn and much more. His writing on LGBT issues, the religious right and social justice has won awards including Best Beat Reporting by the Online News Association, Best Series by the Minnesota chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists, and an honorable mention by the Sex-Positive Journalism awards.

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