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Gay couples get married early Thursday, Aug. 1, 2013, at the Clay County Courthouse in Moorhead, Minn. Weddings were performed at the stroke of midnight in cities all over Minnesota this morning as the law allowing same-sex marriages went into effect. David Samson / The Forum

A look at Minnesota’s new gay marriage law

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By Don Davis

ST. PAUL -- Here are details about a Minnesota law that allows same-sex couples to marry:

 The law

Minnesota law has restricted marriage to between men and women, but a bill the governor signed May 14 allows “civil marriages” between any two people other than close family members.

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