Ceremonies for gay and lesbian couples in Minnesota
Can you tell I'm excited? Please pardon my enthusiasm (in this
interview, KSTP was asking me about the new same-sex marriage law in
Minnesota). I'm usually much more reserved, but it's an issue close
to my heart!
now, same-sex weddings have always been called commitment ceremonies
by the state. I've performed dozens of these ceremonies over the
last twenty years and always called them weddings, so now that the
state is going to recognize them as weddings, well, in some ways
things aren't going to change that much. Couples are still going to
come together in the eyes of their family, their friends, their
loved ones, under God (if they're religious), only now the state
will recognize the union, too.
Some details about the marriage license.
For most counties: On August 1st, 2013, you can apply for your
marriage license, but note that there is a five-day waiting
period. When you pay for and get your marriage license, you have
to wait five days before you can use it (it's often called the
"waiting period"). So if you apply for your license on 8/1/13,
you can then get married on 8/6/13 (the license is good for six
Hennepin, Ramsey, and Washington Counties: You can apply for
your marriage license right now, even though it is not August
yet. The 5-day waiting period will start then, and you can get
married five days later, or 8/1/13, whichever is later.
Note that you can get your license in any MN county (you don't
have to live there), and then get married in any MN county (even
if it's not the county you got the license from).