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Editor's note: In June the Supreme Court struck down section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act, meaning couples in marriage equality states will now receive federal rights and benefits.

With Governor Mark Dayton's signature yesterday, Minnesota became the 12th state alongside D.C. with marriage equality. Here’s what you need to know about when marriage equality will take effect in Minnesota and the rights married same-sex couples will receive.

How do I obtain a marriage license in Minnesota?
Once licenses are made available to same-sex couples on August 1st , the procedures will be the same as the existing ones for other married couples.  All the details are available at each county’s website, though the basic procedure is identical across the state. An example can be found here.
What rights and responsibilities do same-sex couples who legally marry receive in Minnesota?
Same-sex spouses will receive the same 515 rights and responsibilities provided to different-sex spouses under Minnesota law, including health care decision-making, property and inheritance rights.  Married same-sex couples do not receive access to the more than 1,100 federal rights and responsibilities based on marriage because of the federal Defense of Marriage Act, and the new law in Minnesota does not change that.
What do I have to do if I'm a Minnesota resident who is legally married in another jurisdiction?
You do not have to get married in Minnesota or otherwise register your marriage in Minnesota.  Minnesota’s marriage equality law recognizes as valid lawful marriages between same-sex couples from other jurisdictions.

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