MN sees rush to gay marriage

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Sep 2, 2013 at 2:53 pm

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - Same-sex couples have obtained nearly 1 of every 3 marriage licenses issued in Minnesota since they got the legal right to wed.

That's the finding of a statewide survey by The Associated Press of the earliest impact of the new gay marriage law. It shows that at least 1,640 gay couples plan to get married.

The AP received information from 83 of 87 counties. Three of every four licenses for gay couples were issued in the state's two most populous counties, Hennepin and Ramsey.

Locally, Stearns County reports issuing between 10 and 100 licenses, and Sherburne lists a number between one and nine. 

In 29 counties that responded, no gay couples sought licenses, including Benton County.

Although Twin Cities-area counties led the way, gay-marriage applications popped up in every corner of the state. That includes in 40 counties where a majority of voters last fall supported a ban on gay marriage.

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