Same-sex couples might have to wait just a little longer to wed in Minnesota

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When will the first couple actually be allowed to wed legally in Minnesota?
Since Gov. Mark Dayton signed the gay marriage bill into law Tuesday, same-sex couples around the state have already begun planning their weddings, many hoping to wed the day the law goes into effect on Aug. 1.

But those couples looking to be among the very first to legally marry in Minnesota might want to hold off on booking that venue. At this point, it's still unclear if the first marriages will actually be allowed to take place Aug. 1, or if couples will have to wait until Aug. 6.

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As is customary, it takes five days for a county to approve a marriage license. Since the law goes into effect Aug. 1, it's possible that couples won't be able to apply for a license until that day.

In cases of emergency or extraordinary circumstances, judges occasionally expedite the license process. But the definitions of what constitutes "emergency" or "extraordinary" are vague, and it's unclear if they would apply here, writes Scott Landsman, who offers analysis of the marriage law on his blog.

According to Landsman, the timeline on granting the first marriage licenses could come down to discretion of individual registrars:

This could be interpreted differently by different local registrars. One could say that since the current state of the law is a prohibition on same sex marriage that a same sex couple will have to wait until the law becomes effective on August 1. If that is the interpretation, then applications could be made August 1 with the 5-day "waiting" period. Meaning that the license will not be issued on the 1st. Alternatively, a local registrar could make the determination that since the law is in fact changing August 1 that the application is valid. If a local registrar utilizes this interpretation I believe that he or she would most likely not make the license available until the law becomes effective - 12:01 a.m., August 1, 2013. I would think that most local registrars would be cautious, choosing the former, since there is a possible statutory damages claim if they get it wrong.

Earlier this week, the city of Minneapolis sent out a press release saying City Hall would be open for marriages -- officiated by Mayor R.T. Rybak, no less -- beginning at 12:01 the first day gay marriage is legal in Minnesota. The statement didn't specify a date, so we asked officials at Hennepin County to clarify, but it seems they're still figuring that out.

"Hennepin County is currently studying the various aspects of complying with the new marriage legislation," says Kathy Schons, director of Hennepin County's service center division, in an email. "More information will be forthcoming but I am unable at this time to give a date certain when that information will be available. Until such time we are unable to answer your questions."


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elephantiger
elephantiger

And if you hateful folks (who appear to think about gay sex more than any out gay folks) don't understand why this was a vital issue,  then I'm guessing you were never denied a hospital visit or lost your partner and home because of unfair policy?   It's not about glitter, rainbows, and genital stimulation.  It's about legal protection of the marriage contract being applied more equally. 

elephantiger
elephantiger

Whatever, you can have a ceremony whenever you want.  The officiary can sign at a later point.  I suspect very few people intend to change their plans at this point. 

k2yeb
k2yeb topcommenter

Can we keep talking about gay people? I am glad now equality won out, but seriously. I find it ironic you have such a sense of pride in something you were born with that you host parades to vocalize it.  I am sad now that I have to throw away anything I have ever owned that has a rainbow on it so I don't confuse people.

Please Minnesota keep those Vote No stickers on your car so you can remind everyone how open minded you are about something you already won while adding polution to the environment you have sworn to protect.

Bright Spencer
Bright Spencer

aug 6th, there is a five day waiting period from Aug 1

CinBlueland
CinBlueland topcommenter

And? You've waited decades, now you're going to bleat about a few days?

LezlieCooterPounder
LezlieCooterPounder

@k2yeb They must force their penis sucking and pussy-eating down our throats. Wait till Jesus comes to town..........................

MicheleBachmann
MicheleBachmann topcommenter

@CinBlueland  Poor little bitter bigot.  Mad you lost and society has progressed.  For a bigot who claims he doesn't care you sure have a lot of angry whiny comments to make about gay marriage.  You and the rest of the butthurt losers in the Republican Party have been proven wrong so shut the fuck up.  

CinBlueland
CinBlueland topcommenter

@MicheleBachmann @CinBlueland MB! I was almost sure you'd turn up.

I really don't care about gay marriage, wanted it to pass just to get it off the table.

I'm more interested in the DFL led tax increases, MinWage kick back to the unions.

Andy/Aaron? Any news on how much unions stand to gain by a min wage hike? Any news on forcing private day care providers to join a union? Any chance you'll run a survey of those on assistance who smoke and how the new tax might affect them?

LezlieCooterPounder
LezlieCooterPounder

@MicheleBachmann Fox news is the only news outlet that exposes the true lies of the Obamanation Administration. MSNBC, CNN, HuffPost, and ABC all suck the feces out of Obama's black anus to make him look good. But even now the Liberal media is exposing him for what a fraud he really is. 

MicheleBachmann
MicheleBachmann topcommenter

@CinBlueland City Pages doesn't write about that stuff because its right wing Fox News nonsense.   You and keny should start your own newspaper if you hate City Pages so much.  I'm sure people would want to read the nonsensical ravings of a racist and a coward.  Sink your whole life savings into it.  

keny1
keny1

@CinBlueland You must be a bigot. Gay marriage was the #1 priority for the DFL. Fuck the budget and minimum wage hikes. Oh sure, these issues will harm small businesses, but who gives a fuck about those greedy bastards. It's not like they employ people or anything. The key issue was gay marriage. Why? Because of votes, you anti-gay bigot! Look at the good  side: While hundreds of hours and hundreds of thousands of tax payer dollars were spent on the gay marriage issue debate, you should feel good that 1% of the total population of Minnesota will be getting married in August who couldn't get married before. How fucking dare you bitch about the budget, you cocksucking GOP loser! You are just jealous because the MN DFL is the true and shining force of society. We know the true facts because we get all of our information from MSNBC and Rachel Maddow. These people never lie and spew hatred. They give us the TRUE facts that you idiots who listen to FOX news will NEVER get! Why don't you fuck off and die you racist, bigot! Shut the fuck up and pay your taxes white boy! Us liberals need your hard-earned money so we can sit on our fat asses all day long and watch Oprah and eat fried chicken.

RACIST!!!!!!

keny1
keny1

@CinBlueland The funny part is that, studies show, that the poor tend to smoke more than the rich (cigarettes, that is). And here I thought that the DFL was all about helping the poor out. Yeah, I know smoking is bad, but so is being poor. Sometimes a nice nicotine high can reduce the suckiness of being poor. And now Dayton wants to tax the poor? I thought the whole point of the DFL is to tax the rich to give to the poor. This tax won't affect the tobacco companies because they know the poor will find a way to support their habit (even if it means not having food on the table each night). So basically this tobacco tax will strip the poor of a (relatively cheap) luxury in order to finance a football stadium for a multi-millionaire owner and multi-millionaire players. This sounds like a typical GOP maneuver: You know, using tax payer money to support those "evil" and "greedy" corporations. But yet, it is DFL leadership who is concocting this whole scheme. Hmmmmm.

Can you say, "Hypocrisy"? Times 12?

But oh wait! This new stadium will bring in thousands of new jobs.  Of course, they will be temporary minimum wage jobs. But still.................................................

CinBlueland
CinBlueland topcommenter

Andy? Aaron? Crickets? Or do those issues not align with your  narrative? Apologies, but the world does not revolve around gay issues and hipster bars.

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