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3. The Legal Battle Over the Right to Get Married

[Ruben Rosario – Pioneer Press] Maybe about nine years ago, when I did a column of a young lady up in Stearns county who had a mild mental disability who wanted to get married, but she was under county regulations and they pitted her guardian… legal guardian, who would turn out to be her mother, who wanted her child - she could vote, she held a job, she could drive – why can't she marry?

Well, the county didn't want her to get married and her mother did.

It turned out to be a seven-year-long civil legal battle that was very interesting for me, an eye-opener for me as to, hey, people fall in love, all kinds of people fall in love and why can't they get married?

So it was a great eye-opener for me and I'm here mainly to listen to you and learn more.

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