No rush for same-sex marriage licenses in Carlton CountyAs of 11 a.m. Tuesday, exactly zero same-sex couples had applied for marriage licenses in Carlton County.
By: Jana Peterson, Pine Journal
As of 11 a.m. Tuesday, exactly zero same-sex couples had applied for marriage licenses in Carlton County, despite the fact that same-sex couples were allowed to file for a license starting last Friday.
“We’ve had some inquiries, but no one has filed yet,” said Carlton County Recorder Kristine Basilici.
Compare that to the record-breaking day at the St. Louis County Courthouse last Friday as 34 couples filed for marriage licenses. Most of them were for same-sex marriages on Aug. 1 and represented the first day the county allowed filings to meet the new law allowing the unions.
The Minnesota Legislature passed a same-sex marriage bill in May, and the state will begin issuing certificates Aug. 1. Since there is a five-day waiting period, applications were being accepted beginning Friday for marriages that will become valid Aug. 1.
Basilici said Carlton County is waiting for its vendor to update the marriage license application form to be gender neutral, but that staff will amend the current application should any same-sex couple apply.
“We will make it work,” she said.
Filing fee for a marriage license in Carlton County is $115. Once issued, a marriage license is valid for six months from the date of issue and the marriage must be performed within the geographical boundaries of Minnesota.