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Hennepin County prepares gender-neutral marriage licenses

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West Central Tribune
Hennepin County prepares gender-neutral marriage licenses
Willmar Minnesota 2208 Trott Ave. SW / P.O. Box 839 56201

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota's largest county is getting ready to start taking applications for marriage licenses from same-sex couples.

Officials say Hennepin County will start accepting applications on June 6. That's seven weeks before the Aug. 1 date that gay couples can start legally getting married in Minnesota.

The new application forms replace the words "bride" and "groom" with the word "applicant" for both individuals.

A spokesman for neighboring Ramsey County tells the Star Tribune that officials will roll out that county's new license in the next few days. Spokesman Art Coulson says some couples have already expressed a desire to be married at 12:01 a.m. on Aug. 1 and that officials are working to accommodate that.

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