Same-sex marriage applications will be available June 6 in Hennepin
Dayton signing the bill earlier this month.
Photo: Tony Nelson.
Same-sex couples in Minneapolis looking to be among the first in the state to legally wed will be able to hold their ceremonies on Aug. 1, the day the gay marriage law goes into effect.
After Gov. Mark Dayton signed the bill into law earlier this month, there was some confusion as to when the first couples would actually be able to marry. It usually takes five days to get a marriage license application approved, and it was unclear if the law allowed counties to start the application process earlier than the first day of August.
At a press conference this afternoon, Hennepin County officials will announce plans to begin accepting marriage applications from same-sex couples June 6.
On his blog, attorney Scott Landsman speculated that this decision would likely vary among registrars across the state. It's still unclear if all counties will interpret the law the same way, but the city of St. Paul has also publicly listed a same-sex wedding to take place Aug. 1.
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