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Thompson, ND mayor joins leaders nationwide in support of same-sex marriage

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Thompson, ND mayor Karyn Hippen is the first from the state to join a nationwide coalition of mayors in support of same sex marriage. Calling it "an obvious choice," Karyn joined the group "Mayors for the Freedom to Marry" after they contacted her earlier this month.

Hippen is the 400th mayor to join the coalition and the first from North Dakota. She says she's always supported giving everyone the right to marry, and she has a personal reason to speak out; Five years ago her son Matthew told her he was gay. "it's sad that he can't get married in his home state," said Karyn.

"When I was asked, being a mayor from North Dakota, if I would support this and support North Dakota I immediately said yes. It's a no-brainer. Why wouldn't we want equality for all?"

"This is something that's long overdue and I'm so proud that my mom is the one who stepped up and kind of took charge of that," said Matthew.

Hippen says she hopes other North Dakota mayors will follow her lead and publicly support marriage equality. She says the response to her support for same sex marriage has been nearly all positive with only a few people telling her they disagree with her views.

Adam Ladwig

Adam Ladwig joined WDAZ as the Devils Lake bureau reporter in January, 2012. Prior to that he reported for KDUH-TV in Scottsbluff, Nebraska. Adam has won multiple awards during his time at WDAZ, including an Eric Sevareid award and a Regional Emmy Award as part of team coverage during the search for Anthony Kuznia.  A Colorado native, Adam graduated from the University of Colorado with a degree in Journalism. He misses the Rocky Mountains, but the kind people of North Dakota more than make up for that. He is thrilled to be in the Lake Region, telling stories that matter. In his spare time, Adam is usually futilely attempting to get in shape, or cheering for his beloved Denver Broncos.