Washington County begins accepting same-sex marriage license applications

Following legislation legalizing same-sex marriage that Gov. Mark Dayton signed into law on May 14, Washington County began accepting same-sex marriage license applications on Thursday, June 6. Licenses will not be issued until Thursday, Aug. 1. Also beginning that day, Minnesota will recognize legal marriages of same-sex couples that took place in other states.

In Minnesota, there is a five-day waiting period before a marriage license can be issued, so in order for a marriage license to be obtained on Aug. 1, applications must be submitted by Friday, July 26.

Licenses obtained in Washington County are valid for six months and may be used in any other county in the state. Per Minnesota statute, there is a $115 fee for marriage licenses. This fee can be lowered to $40 if a couple completes 12 hours of pre-marital counseling.

Marriage license applications are available at one of the seven Washington County Vital Records offices. Both applicants must be present to complete the application. For more information about marriage licenses and policies, including Vital Records office locations and hours, visit http://www.co.washington.mn.us/index.aspx?NID=740.

— Johanna Holub

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