Counties to discuss word choices on marriage license applications

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Minnesota's county recorders plan to discuss the best language changes for gender-neutral marriage license applications at their annual meeting this week, Minnesota Public Radio reports.

Gov. Mark Dayton signed a bill into law May 14 that allows same-sex couples to legally marry in the state starting Aug. 1.

The measure requires counties to drop gender-related terms like bride and groom, but left the final wording up to local officials.Hennepin, Ramsey and Washington counties began accepting marriage licenses from same-sex couples last week.

The Albert Lea Tribune notes the new applications won't be available in Freeborn County until July 29.

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