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Some non-metro counties begin offering same-sex marriage applications

Applications became available last week in Ramsey, Hennepin and Washington counties. Now other counties are making arrangements, too.

With same-sex marriage becoming legal in Minnesota Aug. 1, county officials around the state are changing their marriage application forms and making arrangements to issue licenses under the new law.

Last week, Hennepin, Ramsey and Washington counties began accepting applications, having changed the wording from bride and groom to gender-neutral terms.

There is a five-day waiting period in the state, and the applications are good for six months.

Reports are coming in about other counties making preparations, too.

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Beltrami County expects to have the license software updated by July, when applications will be accepted, says the Bemidi Pioneer.

Cass County has fixed the forms and now has applications available, the paper said.

Hubbard County hasn’t had any requests and hasn’t set a date yet on when license applications will be available.

Clearwater County is waiting until August.

Freeborn County is holding off until July 29, says the Albert Lea Tribune.