Word that three Minnesota Counties will begin taking applications for Same Sex Marriage next week has left County Recorder’s Offices across the listening area scrambling for information, although it appears at this time most will stick to dated legislation, which seems to allow for application beginning August 1st.
Pennington County Recorder Ken Schmalz talked Thursday with his State Recorders’ Association which is recommending no change at this time.
In Marshall County, Recorder Bev Lydeen said she was surprised by the announcement from Hennepen County, saying current marriage applications are not even properly worded for same sex couples, a topic currently under discussion, with a statewide workshop Friday.
According to current Minnesota Law, all couples must wait 5 days after the Marriage License is granted, unless that requirement is waived by order of a District Court Judge. All Minnesotans over the age of 18 are eligible to apply for a Marriage License and age 16 and over with parental permission. Applications are good for 6 months from the date they are granted, and can be legally applied in any county in Minnesota.
What ever the application status, Same Sex Couples will have to wait to wed until the change becomes law, just 2 months away on August First.
County Recorders Scramble for Information