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Will Beaton, Forum News Service, Published July 16 2013

Polk County to hold midnight hours for gay marriage

CROOKSTON, Minn. — Polk County offices will be open late July 31 and into the early hours of Aug. 1 "to allow same-sex couples to participate in a midnight ceremony," said Director of Property Records Michelle Cote today.

The county began accepting applications for same-sex marriage licences on July 5, though they aren't allowed to be fully processed until Aug. 1, the day Minnesota's new law recognizing these marriages goes into effect. Early applications will have gone through the required five-day waiting period before the end of the month so that they can be fully processed at midnight, allowing the marriages to take place.

Two couples, both from North Dakota, have signed up to participate.