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Published July 31, 2013, 05:15 PM

18 couples will be getting married inside the Clay County courthouse

Moorhead, MN (WDAY TV)-- We're just hours away from a day that will go down in history.

By: Kay Cooley, WDAY

Moorhead, MN (WDAY TV)-- We're just hours away from a day that will go down in history.

The first day same sex couples can legally marry in Minnesota. Tonight, several couples will be making their way to Clay County to tie the knot shortly after midnight.

In just six hours, 18 couples will be part of a special ceremony here inside of Clay County courthouse.

Today I spoke with one couple who tells me it's a day they never thought would be possible.

Justin Metz- Getting Married: "I'm incredibly excited."

For Justin Metz and his partner Richie DePaolis.

Richie Depaolis- Getting Married: "Just a little overwhelmed."

Words can't describe the huge step they'll be taking in just a few hours, down the aisle.

Justin: "We are getting married."

Richie: "It's hard to believe that just a few months ago this was kind of a dream."

Justin and Richie met almost two years back.. And quickly realized marriage was for them.

Justin: "We were going to travel out."

Richie: "Either to New York or Iowa."

Never imagining they'd be able to do it without crossing several states, but instead just the river, over into Minnesota.

Justin: "In addition to the traditional marriage, get a chance to be part of history and to live as a part of that."

Richie: "We just thought it would be a once in a lifetime opportunity to take part in this."

One couple, part of 18, who will legally be bound just after midnight.

Richie: "If we have kids or grandkids in the future, we'll be able to tell them that we were there."

In Clay County, making history.

Justin: "It means that we get to love each other and be happy and it gets to be recognized just like any other couple."

And after waiting their whole lives, Justin and Richie say these next few hours are some they'll never forget.

Richie: "After midnight tonight, it's all going to be a reality."

Justin: "I can't wait."

Richie and Justin plan to move to Moorhead from in a few weeks, and are going to have another ceremony and reception full of family and friends later this year.