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Forum staff reports , Published July 17 2013

So far, few same-sex couples have applied for marriage in Clay County

MOORHEAD — Today is the first day that same-sex couples can apply for a marriage license in Clay County.

So far today applications have only trickled in. A representative for the Clay County recorder said Wednesday was slower than usual, but that they had already accepted four applications for marriage licenses from same-sex couples just before 11 a.m.

Couples who apply today will likely be able to pick up their licenses by next Monday. Usually, a couple would be able to use the license that same day, but same-sex marriages will not be recognized by the state until Aug. 1.

The Clay County Courthouse will open at 11:30 p.m. July 31 until 1 a.m. on Aug. 1 to hold a mass civil marriage ceremony for area same-sex couples who want to be married as soon as they’re able.

Marriage licenses are valid for six months in the state of Minnesota.