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Gay Couples In Minnesota Flock To Polk County To Get Married

Polk County Courthouse

Minnesota legalized same-sex marriage on August 1 of this year and Polk County has issued four times as many marriage licenses as the other eight counties combined. One of the major factors is that the northwest county actually provides courthouses with people licensed to perform marriage ceremonies. Director of property records Michelle Cote in particular removed marriage duties from the workload of county judges, expediting the issuing of marriage licenses. Said Cote:

We are just trying to fill a gap in services. Customer service is very important to me. Our court systems are backlogged, and it’s hard for them to squeeze in weddings.

Additionally, Polk County is right next to comparably-sized Grand Forks, North Dakota. Since same-sex marriage is still illegal in North Dakota, couples from Grand Forks cross the boarder to get married, and while the state may not recognize their marriages, the federal government still will and grant all attendant benefits.

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  1. That Government Center is from the Really Bad period in American architecture.

    Posted by: emjayay | Dec 15, 2013 11:38:48 PM

  2. I am pretty sure we have more than nine counties in Minnesota...

    Posted by: Brent | Dec 15, 2013 11:59:03 PM

  3. Any day will be a slow day in the marriage license office in Polk County. Only 19 same-sex licenses have thus far been issued. To put the numbers in perspective, Polk County has a population of 31,600 and is 288 miles from the Twin Cities metro area. (In case you are thinking of heading there for your license, be reminded that it is 5°F there today.)

    From the Grand Forks Herald: "Since gay marriage became legal in Minnesota on Aug. 1, Polk County has issued 19 licenses to same-sex couples. In contrast, the other eight counties in northwestern Minnesota have combined to issue five same-sex licenses."

    The full article is here:

    Posted by: Mitch | Dec 16, 2013 5:03:22 AM

  4. The other 8 counties? Did we perhaps mean 82? I can think of 8 off the top of my head, and I only lived in Minnesota for 9 years. LOL.

    Posted by: Paul | Dec 16, 2013 7:06:48 AM

  5. umm, we have 87 counties in MN.

    Posted by: kyle | Dec 16, 2013 9:55:36 AM

  6. Uf-da, There's a sven and ole joke in there somewhere...

    Posted by: spg | Dec 16, 2013 10:43:41 AM

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