A slow but steady stream of same-sex couples lined up Thursday morning to apply for marriage licenses in both Ramsey and Hennepin counties, the Star Tribune reports. The licenses will allow gay couples to marry in Minnesota on Aug. 1.
The Associated Press reported Jeff Isaacson and Al Giraud of Minneapolis, who have been a couple for 11 years, were the first in line at the Hennepin County Government Center when the doors opened at 7:30 a.m.
"It's the commitment between the two of us, and the fact that it not only is going to be recognized by our friends and family, it's now going to be recognized by the state," Giraud told MPR.
Among several couples applying for licenses were 66-year-old Phil Oxman and 62-year-old Harvey Zuckman, who have been together for 38 years and are planning two wedding ceremonies--a legal one and one at a synagogue in May with family and friends.
“We never ever imagined we’d see this in our lifetimes,” Zuckman told the Star Tribune.
Gender-neutral license applications became available Thursday in a few of the biggest counties, which also includes Washington County in the metro.
The state's Management and Budget office estimates about 5,000 gay couples will get married in the first year of the new law.
Minnesota has a five-day waiting period for all marriage licenses, MPR reported. Counties that are taking early applications will do so until July 26.
FOX 9 has more on the state's guidelines.