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Minn. county issues more same-sex marriage licenses to N.D. couples

Minn. county issues more same-sex marriage licenses to N.D. couples

BISMARCK, N.D. — Nearly two times as many same-sex couples from North Dakota have filed for marriage licenses across the border in Clay County than Minnesotans have.

Clay-County-MNDeputy Recorder Lisa Kunze says 40 of the 68 same-sex marriage licenses filed in the county have been between two North Dakotans. Five more involved one North Dakota resident.

Same-sex marriage became legal in Minnesota in August.

A lawsuit filed by six couples in South Dakota two weeks ago left North Dakota as the only state in the country with an unchallenged constitutional ban on same-sex marriage.

The Minneapolis-based attorney behind that lawsuit has said he’s considering a similar motion in North Dakota.

Advocates and opponents alike say a challenge wouldn’t be surprising.

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