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Published July 31, 2013, 03:27 PM

Tonight the first same sex couples in Minnesota will be married

Moorhead, MN (WDAY TV)-- In just seven hours the first same sex couples in Minnesota will be making their way to Clay County to be married.

By: Kay Cooley, WDAY

Moorhead, MN (WDAY TV)-- In just seven hours the first same sex couples in Minnesota will be making their way to Clay County to be married.

That's where they're gearing up for a historic midnight ceremony.

Right now the doors to the courthouse are closed, but tonight at 11:30, they'll open back up for 18 same sex couples tying the knot.

Shortly after midnight Clay county is holding a special ceremony for them. Marking the first day same sex couples can legally marry in Minnesota.

Space inside the courthouse is limited, and security will be tight.

Only the couples, a short guest list, and media are allowed.

Others are allowed to wait outside behind barricades.

The Clay County Sheriff's department will have security on staff, like it always does when the courthouse is open.

The Sheriff says they're ready for whoever comes out.

Bill Bergquist- Clay County Sheriff: "Even if there are protesters, I mean, it's just times are changing and we just want to provide the courts with the security that we are supposed to do."

Couples will also be celebrating at a reception before the ceremony at Usher's House beginning tonight at 8:30.

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