Some Minnesota counties begin issuing marriage licenses

Today, several counties in Minnesota began issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples. The first weddings will take place on August 1, when the freedom to marry takes effect, but some counties have opened the license application process early in anticipation of a high volume of applications. 

Same-sex couples in Hennepin County, Washington County, and Ramsey County, all counties in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area, were able to begin filing applications for their marriage licenses today. Officials in other counties have indicated that applications would begin in late July.  

Jeff Isaacson and Al Giraud, who have been together for 11 years, were the first couple in Minnesota to apply for a license, when they applied at the Hennepin County office. 

Isaacson spoke with Pioneer Press today in Minnesota. He said that he and Giraud plan on marrying on August 1, as soon as possible. He said: 

We are already married in our own minds, and the minds of our families. But that state recognition is going to be huge. We don't have to worry about extra legal hoops to go through to take care of each other, or even something so mundane as filing taxes together.  

Last month, Minnesota became the twelfth state to approve the freedom to marry for same-sex couples, following victories in Rhode Island and Delaware just weeks before.

Learn more about the freedom to marry in Minnesota HERE.  

Photo via Hennepin County Government