Nearly two times as many same-sex couples from North Dakota have filed for marriage licenses across the border in Clay County than Minnesotans have.
Same-sex couples have obtained nearly 1 of every 3 marriage licenses issued in Minnesota since they got the legal right to wed. That’s the finding of a statewide survey by The Associated Press of the earliest impact of the new gay marriage law. It shows that at least 1,640 gay couples plan to get married.
Wedding season is in full swing at A. Johnson and Sons florists in St. Paul. But the shop on Grand Avenue is about to get a whole lot busier as same-sex couples begin tying the knot, starting Aug. 1.
Hennepin County has received more than three-dozen applications for same-sex marriage licenses under Minnesota’s new law allowing gay marriage. Minnesota’s largest county received 38 applications Thursday, the first day the county began accepting applications for same-sex marriages.
It was an emotional morning for several same-sex couples who lined up to apply for their marriage licenses at the Hennepin County Government Center. Hennepin, Ramsey, and Washington counties allowed same-sex couples to apply starting Thursday morning.
Hennepin County is prepared to start accepting applications from same-sex couples seeking marriage licenses late next week. According to the county department of public affairs, the applications will be available beginning June 6.
Lines for licenses are growing and waits are getting longer at Hennepin County Government centers as residents prepare for a state government shutdown.