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ROCHESTER, Minn. (KTTC)--  Valentine's Day is a day set aside each year, to celebrate love.

In fact it's quite common for couples to get engaged or even married on Feb. 14, but for three local couples, they worry that day may never come

The couples joined together with friends in the Olmsted County Courthouse and walked the hallway to apply for a license.

All across the United States same-sex couples are marking the holiday by applying for marriage licenses, even if they know they will not get them, it's a symbol of change.

They were turned down at the counter and read the Minnesota law.

Same Sex Marriage has come under the spotlight repeatedly over the last month after the Minnesota Court of appeals released their opinion against such unions.

Partners Robert and Joe say, "A marriage license in the state of Minnesota provides over 515 legal protections, rights and responsibilities."

Joann and Margie have been together for 24 years and they say marriage has always been a dream of theirs.

"Growing up as a little kid I wanted to get married. I was looking for that knight on a white horse and I found her and now I can't get married," explains Margie.

Though none of these couples went into Olmsted County Courthouse expecting to have tied the knot, they're hoping that one day they'll be able to cut the cake at their own wedding.

We will be seeing this issue on the ballot in 2012 when voters will be able to cast their vote on the amendment that would ban same sex marriage.

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