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Polk County issues the most marriage licenses to region’s same-sex couples

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By Ryan Bakken / Grand Forks Herald

CROOKSTON — Mark Beedy and Mark Pope live in Thief River Falls, but the same-sex couple traveled to the Polk County office building in Crookston for their marriage license and their marriage ceremony.

“Most weddings are held in churches or in courthouses,” Beedy said. “We didn’t know of any church in Thief River Falls offering same-sex marriages and the Pennington County courthouse wasn’t offering it.

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