Posted May 01, 2018 12:16:00 More than two dozen marriages in the Twin Cities have been certified by Minnesota’s Department of Human Services to be valid marriages, according to a release from the state.
Marriages can now be entered into the state’s marriage registry, but it remains a complicated process, and not all of them are eligible for registration.
The Twin Cities are the first major city in the country to have confirmed marriages certified, with more than 1,000 marriages in 2016.
More on marriages in MN:Marriages registered in Minnesota | Marriage certificates for Twin Cities | Marriage licenses issued in Minnesota|Minnesota marriage certificates for Minneapolis | Twin Cities marriage registry to open onlineMay 02, 2018 16:00:00Minnesota Attorney General Lori Swanson has asked the Minnesota Supreme Court to order all state and local government agencies to stop accepting wedding licenses from counties in the state, after the state said it was investigating a possible link between the counties and marriages that were certified by the state to be invalid.
In a written filing on Tuesday, Swanson said the department of human services (DHS) is not following the proper procedures and should not accept wedding licenses.
Swanson said a recent report by the department found that “the counties have a history of accepting marriage licenses from the DHS without conducting background checks and verifying the validity of the marriage or the relationship.
The department believes that marriage licenses should not be accepted without conducting the appropriate background checks.”
A spokesman for DHS declined to comment on the lawsuit.
Swanson also said she’s “very concerned” about the county clerk’s office in Minneapolis, which was one of the counties that initially certified marriages to be marriages and which is the source of most of the county’s marriage licenses.
In March, Swanson wrote a letter to county clerks in all 50 states, asking them to stop issuing marriage licenses to those in their jurisdictions who are in violation of federal and state law, including those who are engaged in same-sex marriages, those who have been convicted of domestic violence, and those who seek or have received welfare benefits.
The state of Minnesota and the federal government have been at odds over marriage equality, with the state in 2017 saying it would not recognize a same-year marriage from a county in the Dakotas because the couple was married under state law.
In May, a federal judge ruled in favor of the states in a lawsuit over the state of Nebraska’s same-day marriage ban.
In addition, a group of Minnesota voters last November approved a constitutional amendment to ban same-month marriages, with a proposed amendment that would also have required counties to obtain state-issued marriage licenses for marriages from people who are not married under Minnesota law.