Effective August 1, 2013, the Minnesota Domestic Relations Law legally recognizes a civil marriage between any two persons, regardless of gender (MN Stat. Sec. 517.001 et seq.).
The law requires gender-specific terms in state laws, such as "husband" or "wife," to be construed in a gender-neutral manner when necessary to implement the rights and responsibilities of spouses or parents in a same-sex marriage.
To be a lawful civil marriage in Minnesota, a license must be obtained, and the marriage must be solemnized by an authorized person in the presence of two witnesses.
Clergy members are not required to solemnize a civil marriage, and churches and other religious associations are not required to provide goods or services at the solemnization or celebration of any civil marriage.
Civil marriages are prohibited between certain family members, including ancestor and descendant, siblings, and first cousins.
The U.S. Supreme Court issued a decision in 2015 legalizing same-sex marriage in all states and requiring all states to recognize same-sex marriages legally performed in other jurisdictions (Obergefell v. Hodges, No. 14-556 (6/26/15)).