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Minnesota tourism group targeting same sex couples to get married in St. Paul

MILWAUKEE (WTAQ) - Same-sex couples can start getting married August 1st in neighboring Minnesota.

And while gay marriage remains illegal in Wisconsin, at least one group in the Gopher State is trying to get gay Wisconsinites to at least pay a visit.

During this weekend’s Milwaukee Pride Fest, the group “Visit St. Paul” plans to have its mobile visitor center on hand.

Karolyn Kirchgesler, the group’s CEO, says it’s a chance to tell lots of people why St. Paul is, “the perfect destination for a wedding, a long weekend, or a full-fledged vacation.”

Minnesota approved gay marriages earlier this year.

The Wisconsin Constitution prohibits both gay marriages and civil unions in the Badger State. And anyone married elsewhere cannot have their vows legally recognized in Wisconsin.

Meanwhile, gender-neutral marriage license applications are being made available starting Thursday in Minnesota’s larger counties.

In Hennepin County, which includes Minneapolis, the words “bride” and “groom” are replaced on the application with the word “applicant” for both members of a couple.

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