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In Minnesota, gay couples comprise one-third of marriage licenses

One in three marriage licenses issued in August were for gay couples, according to Brian Bakst and Patrick Condon of the Associated Press. They write:

“Since Minnesota became the 12th U.S. state to legalize gay marriage, at least 1,640 same-sex couples applied to be married. Counties aren't required to report such data to the state, so the AP built a database through calls to all 87 counties.

"Millions of dollars were spent trying to block gay marriage in Minnesota, while many millions more were spent trying to achieve it. The rush by same-sex couples to take advantage of the new law likely reflects a pent-up demand by couples together for many years. …

"At least 1,433 licenses were issued to gay couples in the 12 counties where most voters opposed a 2012 attempt to ban same-sex marriage in Minnesota's constitution. One county in that category — St. Louis — wouldn't provide a license breakdown.”