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SF 2169

as introduced - 90th Legislature (2017 - 2018) Posted on 03/17/2017 08:36am

KEY: stricken = removed, old language.
underscored = added, new language.

Current Version - as introduced

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A bill for an act
relating to marriage; recognizing certain marriages between persons of the same
sex under prior law; amending Minnesota Statutes 2016, section 517.01.


Section 1.

Minnesota Statutes 2016, section 517.01, is amended to read:


new text begin Subdivision 1. new text end

new text begin General requirements. new text end

A civil marriage, so far as its validity in law is
concerned, is a civil contract between two persons, to which the consent of the parties,
capable in law of contracting, is essential. new text beginExcept as provided in subdivision 2, new text enda lawful
civil marriage may be contracted only when a license has been obtained as provided by law
and when the civil marriage is contracted in the presence of two witnesses and solemnized
by one authorized, or whom one or both of the parties in good faith believe to be authorized,
so to do. Marriages subsequent to April 26, 1941, not so contracted shall be null and void.

new text begin Subd. 2. new text end

new text begin Exception to license and solemnization requirements in certain cases. new text end

new text begin (a)
A civil marriage between two persons who were prohibited by law from marrying before
August 1, 2013, because they were persons of the same sex, who met the requirements of
this paragraph, and who subsequently were unable to meet the license and solemnization
requirements of subdivision 1 because of the death of one of the persons, is recognized to
the extent provided for under paragraph (b). The two persons must have:
new text end

new text begin (1) agreed by mutual, present consent to be spouses;
new text end

new text begin (2) lived together continuously under that agreement; and
new text end

new text begin (3) made a public declaration or held themselves out to the public as spouses.
new text end

new text begin (b) If the requirements of paragraph (a) are met, the two persons are considered married
for purposes of eligibility for burial or memorial benefits under state or federal law. Proof
of a civil marriage for purposes of this paragraph may be made by a verified affidavit
executed by the surviving person.
new text end

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective the day following final enactment.
new text end