St. Louis County to accept same-sex marriage license applications starting July 26Same-sex couples will be able to apply for marriage licenses in St. Louis County beginning July 26.
By: News Tribune staff, Duluth News Tribune
Same-sex couples will be able to apply for marriage licenses in St. Louis County beginning July 26.
Mark Monacelli, the county’s director of public records and property valuation, said in a news release Friday that couples who obtain their licenses on the 26th will be able to observe the state’s five-day mandatory waiting period and get married Aug. 1. That’s the first day same-sex marriages will be legal in Minnesota under a law the Legislature passed in this year’s session.
The marriage licenses will be available for pickup beginning Aug. 1 during regular business hours at the St. Louis County Recorder’s offices in Duluth, Virginia, Hibbing and Ely, the news release said. Office hours vary by location and are listed on the county’s website.
The cost of a marriage license, which is set by state statute, is $115. For any couple that completes 12 hours of premarital counseling, the fee is $40.
Many Minnesota same-sex couples already have applied for their marriage licenses. Hennepin County began issuing them June 6.
But Monacelli said that after discussing it with the county attorney’s office, it was decided to wait in St. Louis County.
“Our concern is that legal challenges could be filed in instances where applications were accepted prior to this date, and so we are proceeding with an abundance of caution to protect couples and the county from that happening,” he said in the news release.
The new applications, which remove gender references, are available online. For more information, call (218) 726-2599.