Posted at: 06/28/2013 1:34 PM
Updated at: 06/28/2013 4:18 PM
St. Louis County will begin accepting marriage applications for same-sex couples starting on July 26th.
This will allow couples to fulfill the mandatory five-day waiting period and be able to marry on August 1, the day the Freedom to Marry law takes effect, according to the county.
The licenses will be available for pick up beginning in August at the Recorder's offices in Duluth, Virginia, Hibbing and Ely.
The Director of Public Records and Property Valuation Mark Monacelli said he feels it is in the best interest of all to wait until the end of July to begin accepting the applications. He said "our concern is that legal challenges could be filed in instances where applications were accepted prior to this date, and so we are proceeding with an abundance of caution to protect couples and the country from that happening."
The cost of a marriage license, which is set by state statute, is $115. The county said any couple that completes 12 hours of premarital counseling can get that license for $40.
The new applications, according to the county, remove reference to applicants being "a man and the other is a woman."
For more information, visit the St. Louis County website.