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A champagne toast under blue skies with family in attendance, Chad and Stefan Stein celebrated their marriage Thursday, Aug. 1. (Bulletin photo by Judy Spooner)

Updated: Cottage Grove couple wed on inaugural Marriage Equality Day


After pledging to love and care for each other in “sickness and in health,” Stefan Poulin and Chad Stein were married Thursday afternoon on the front lawn of their Cottage Grove home.

With their family in attendance, the couple was wed Aug. 1, the first day the Minnesota same-sex marriage act became law.

The ceremony was conducted by Rev. Oby Ballinger, pastor of Community United Church of Christ in St. Paul Park.

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Judy Spooner is the longest-serving staff writer at the South Washington County Bulletin. Spooner, who covers education and features in addition to writing a weekly column, has been with the newspaper for over 30 years.
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