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St. James Plaindealer - St. James, MN
  • Same sex marriages allowed Aug. 1

  • As part of the law passed in the last legislative session and signed by the Governor this spring, same-sex couples can legally get married in Minnesota and Watonwan County beginning at 12:01 AM Central Daylight Time on August 1, 2013.
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  •  As part of the law passed in the last legislative session and signed by the Governor this spring, same-sex couples can legally get married in Minnesota and Watonwan County beginning at 12:01 AM Central Daylight Time on August 1, 2013.
    According to the Watonwan County Recorder’s Office, as of last week there had been no inquiries by a same sex couple to apply for a marriage license.
    Therefore, because of the five day waiting period between an application and when a license can be issued, it seems likely there will be no same sex marriages on Aug. 1, in Watonwan County. That’s based on the time the Plaindealer asked the Recorder’s Office if there had been any same sex couples coming and making an application for a marriage license.  
    The marriage license application has been slightly changed based on the changes in the law.
    The old law had a line identifying the bride and a line identifying the groom. That has been changed to a line for applicant one and a line for applicant two.
    The other change in the application is that the old form had a statement that said in Minnesota marriage had to be between a man and a woman. That line has been removed in the new application.
    Once issued a marriage license is valid for six months. If not exercised in that time a couple would have to apply for another marriage license.     A marriage license obtained from one Minnesota county may be used in any county within the State, so it is possible for a couple to be married in Watonwan County without applying for a license in the County, or a couple from Watonwan County could be married in another Minnesota county.
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