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No rush seen in demand for same-sex marriage licenses

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news Brainerd, 56401

Brainerd MN 506 James St. / PO Box 974 56401

Just days before the legalization of gay marriage in Minnesota on Thursday, there has been no huge rush in same-sex license applications in Crow Wing County.

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Janna Congdon of the Crow Wing County Auditor-Treasurer’s Office said Tuesday afternoon five marriage license applications for same-sex unions had been processed since they were made available here July 17. She said once a license is obtained the couples may get married either in Crow Wing County or at any another state location. Congdon said couples that wanted to be married on the first day that same-sex marriages were legal could still obtain a license and apply for a waiver to the five-day waiting period.

She said there had been no particular complications with the issuing of the new licenses.

Of the five same-sex marriage licenses sold at the only one involved two men who were engaged. Three of the addresses listed on the licenses were from Brainerd, one from Nisswa and one from Rosemount.

Marriage licenses cost $115 unless the couple has completed 12 hours of premarital counseling before the application and presents a certificate of completion certificate at the time of application. The cost is then reduced to $40.

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