DULUTH - Now that the governor has signed same-sex marriage into law, counties throughout Minnesota are busy preparing for the Marriage Equality Act to go into effect.
Applications for marriage licenses under the new law will take effect on August 1.
County officials said not much about the process will change, but some technical changes will be made.
"Right now, the oath says marriage between a man and a woman that will change. We have already posted information on our website, we have changed our forms from bride and groom to applicant one and applicant two. We're pretty much set to go here, we've been thinking about it for a while if it became law how we are going to gear up for it," Mark Monacelli, director of the St. Louis County public records office, said.
The St. Louis County public records office is considering extending hours as early as midnight on July 31.
Citizens should check in with their local county office for extended business hours the week of August 1.