1,640 same-sex couples have applied for marriage licenses in Minnesota

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Margaret Miles and Cathy ten Broeke tied the knot at City Hall just after midnight on Aug. 1.
Since Minnesota's marriage equality law went into effect, plenty of same-sex couples have joyously embraced it: 67 tied the knot at City Hall in the wee hours of Aug. 1, and even earlier, soon-to-be-newlyweds queued up in downtown Minneapolis on the first day gay couples could apply for marriage licenses in the Twin Cities.

But how many of Minnesota's same-sex couples -- 10,207, per the 2010 U.S. Census -- actually ran to the altar in August?

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At least 1,640 of them have applied to, an analysis by the Associated Press found.

To reach that number, AP reporters Patrick Condon and Brian Bakst called all 87 counties in the state to tally how many GLBT couples had gotten marriage licenses in each. They got data back from 83 of them.

The numbers show Hennepin County at the head of the pack with 950 marriage licenses, trailed by Ramsey County with 264. But more remarkably, they also reveal that couples all over Minnesota are using the marriage equality law -- including in 40 of the counties where a majority of poll-goers voted "yes" on November's failed constitutional ban of same-sex marriages.

State officials have estimated that about half of Minnesota's same-sex couples will wed in the law's first year. After just one month, we're well on our way.

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16 comments
Jessi Brennan
Jessi Brennan

I don't think anyone was expecting a "majority" to get married in one month.

Keira Kleen
Keira Kleen

So what's the point ? There are about 7 million citizens in this state. Don't seem much like a majority ?

Derek Kosky
Derek Kosky

So how much revenue has that brought in in terms of wedding planners, wedding clothing rental & stores, etc etc?

Chris McGrath
Chris McGrath

Yes, Jnl Shad, you can subscribe to the Pioneer Press instead.

TheConservativeJerk
TheConservativeJerk topcommenter

So now, we are supposed to treat gay people differently.I was not aware the number of marriage licenses issued was news.

So, because they’re gay, their different, and thus Citypages treats them different.

swmnguy
swmnguy topcommenter

How many non-same-sex couples applied in the same amount of time?  That would be interesting to know.  And congratulations, everyone!

Onan
Onan

@Bruce Walker  - Where would you like to put the limit?

Onan
Onan

@swmnguy  - If you do the math, 3,280 "traditional" marriage licenses were granted during that same time (The AP story said "1 in 3" were same sex marriage licenses).

swmnguy
swmnguy topcommenter

@Onan Ah, I see.  Thanks!  I hadn't followed the link, I must admit.

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