Posted at: 05/13/2013 6:49 PM
Updated at: 05/13/2013 6:51 PM
By: Brittany Lewis

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Next Steps for Gay Couples

(ABC 6 NEWS) -- Now that the gay marriage bill is one signature away from being law, what’s next for gay couples?

One of the first things they would need to do if they planned to get married is to get a marriage license.

Those in charge of marriage licenses in Olmsted County say they process anywhere from 1,200 to 1,400 marriage licenses per year and they are ready for the additional couples who may be coming in.

"We would expect a surge of gay and lesbian couples because this is something that has never happened before, but we would expect it to level off,” said Mark Krupski, Director of Property Records and Licensing for Olmsted County. 

Once married, it’s the same process opposite gender couples have gone through. They need to decide if they’ll change their last name, their bank accounts, get a mortgage or change their insurance.

One local insurance agent says gay marriage will help gay couples by lowering their premiums for home and auto insurance by 5 to 15%. Married couples often get cheaper rates than single people because of discounts.

"Married people, they seem to believe married people would become more mature they don't take as much risk because there's someone else in their life they want to take care of,” said Song Hong.

As far as how gay marriage will affect the city, the City Council will look over the bill and then decide on how to change their policies and procedures.