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Forum News Service, Published September 05 2013

Few same-sex marriage licenses issued in southwest Minnesota

WORTHINGTON, Minn. - One month after same-sex couples could legally wed in Minnesota, the six counties in the far southwest corner of the state have recorded just seven applications for marriage licenses.

Statewide, at least 1,640 applications for licenses from same-sex couples have been recorded since the process opened, according to The Associated Press.

Rock County, whose western border is shared with South Dakota -- a state that does not allow same-sex couples to marry and whose southern border is shared with Iowa, which legalized gay marriage in April 2009 -- led the tally with three same-sex couples applying for marriage licenses in August.

Pipestone County, which also borders South Dakota, has issued two marriage licenses to same-sex couples.

In Nobles County, Recorder Lynn Wilson also reported two requests for marriage licenses from same-sex couples. One couple was from South Dakota; the other was from Oklahoma.

Cottonwood, Murray and Jackson counties were among at least 29 counties across the state that didn't have any requests from a same-sex couple seeking a marriage license.