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New marriage license applications available ahead of Aug. 1 change in law


WILLMAR - Area counties are prepared for the new marriage law that takes effect Aug. 1.

Counties had to revise the marriage license applications to remove words like "bride" and "groom" and replace them with generic terms to recognize that same-sex couples may now marry in a civil ceremony. Most forms now use "applicant 1" and "applicant 2."

The new forms will be used for all marriage license applications.

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Carolyn Lange
A reporter for more than 30 years, Carolyn Lange covers county government and regional news with the West Central Tribune.
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