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Same sex registry approved in Rochester

ROCHESTER, MN (KTTC-DT) -- Wednesday night, Rochester City Council members voted and approved a same-sex registry for the city.

Same-sex registries are nothing new in Minnesota. If fact, Rochester Mayor Ardell Brede drafted his proposal from the one in Minneapolis. Duluth has one, as well as Edina.

The ordinance would not give any specific benefits to couples. It's more of a way for the city to recognize the couple.

Mayor Brede says he finally brought up the topic after receiving several requests to do so. He says it will only strengthen the city's image.

Originally, it was proposed that couples could sign up for $20. Wednesday night, it was agreed that couples would pay $50 for the registry.

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