St. Louis County Holds off on Early Same Sex Marriage Applications

By KBJR News 1

June 7, 2013 Updated Jun 7, 2013 at 6:48 PM CST

Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) - On May 14, Governor Mark Dayton signed an historic piece of legislation that will allow same sex couples to marry in the State of Minnesota.

Some counties in the state are eager to start processing same sex marriage licenses applications before the law takes effect.

Hennepin, Ramsey and Washington counties are the only counties that have started accepting same sex marriage applications.

The Freedom to Marry Law doesn't take affect until August 1.

Those county officials say that allowing couples to apply in advance will help them to get a jump start on processing the anticipated high volume of applications.

At this point in time, the statue states that marriage is only between a man and a woman, which will change come August.

St. Louis County, has decided to hold off on accepting applications in an abundance of caution.

"There could be a case in the future, perhaps in a divorce case where an attorney may make the case that your marriage isn't valid because your license was given to you when the Minnesota statue states that a marriage is between a man and a woman," said Mark Monacelli, Director of Public Records for St. Louis County.

Monacelli says he wants to do what is in the best interest of the people applying for the license.

St. Louis county officials say they will start taking applications July 25.

Lake County will meet Thursday to discuss the changes in the law.

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